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Garlic Parmesan Mushroom Pasta

Rich and rustic flavor in just fifteen minutes.

When it comes to making a quick dinner that’s also comforting and delicious, nothing beats pasta. And this particular pasta is a real winner! Done in just around fifteen minutes, our Garlic Parmesan Mushroom Pasta pairs tender bowties with a one-pan sauce that’s both creamy and full of hearty mushroom flavor. It’s the kind of quick meal whose flavor doesn’t feel rushed, even though you’re in and out of the kitchen lickety-split.

Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, it never hurts to have a reliable meatless meal in your repertoire and this one manages to be both hearty and delicious. And it’s easy too! It’s not quite entirely one-pot, but the sauce comes together in a single skillet and all you have to do is toss your pasta with it to bring everything together.

It’s not a long ingredient list either. The dish starts with onions and plenty of garlic, but mushrooms make up the bulk of the dish. After those have all softened nicely (and become deliciously fragrant), spinach, veggie broth, and cream join them. That’s all rounded out with a little bit of nutty Parmesan, some thyme, and a little sprinkle of red pepper flake.

The flavor here is earthy and rustic with just enough cream to make things silky. It’s not as rich and indulgent as, say, alfredo, but it’s plenty filling and works well as an everyday kind of dinner. It’s reliable, quick, and delicious – so perfect for busy weeknights.

5m prep time

10m cook time

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Rated by 35 reviewers
  • 14 oz bowtie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add onion and sauté until starting to soften, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook until browned, about 3 minutes more. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in vegetable broth and cream and let simmer until sauce reduces a bit, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add parmesan, pepper flakes, and thyme and cook until cheese has melted and sauce has thickened to your liking.
  7. Stir in pasta, adjust seasoning as needed, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Eat Well 101.

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