Creamy Pasta with Mushrooms, Radicchio & Walnuts

I was looking for an healthy alternative to the carbonara recipe and I found it with the Creamy Pasta with Mushrooms, Radicchio & Walnuts! The pink-red leaves of the radicchio make the dish look beautiful and its taste and texture are a perfect addition to walnuts and pasta. What else? It’s ready in less 30 minutes!

Creamy Pasta with Mushrooms, Radicchio & Walnuts - The Beginner's Cookbook
Creamy Pasta with Mushrooms, Radicchio & Walnuts – The Beginner’s Cookbook

What you need:

  • A knife and a chopping board
  • A pan
  • A pot and a colander for the pasta

Ingredients for 2 persons:

  • 250gr fresh pasta (I used trofie)
  • 250gr fresh mushrooms
  • 1 radicchio (200gr)
  • 40gr walnuts (1/2 cup)
  • 1 onion (I used red as I find it sweeter)
  • 100ml creme fraiche
  • 5 tablespoons parmesan
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Before you start:

  • Mince the onion
  • Slice the mushrooms
  • Chop the walnuts
  • Shred the radicchio, removing the hard white part.

Ready to go?

  • Let’s start with the creamy preparation:
    • Add a bit of olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat and cook the onion till it becomes transparent (usually 5 min) and add the sliced mushrooms and cook till they brown (usually 10 min max).
    • Once the onions and mushrooms are brown add the thyme sprigs.
    • Add the shredded radicchio to wilt and then the creme fraiche, chopped walnuts, parmesan, salt & pepper. Stir gently.
  • While your preparation is cooking, cook your pasta till they are all-dente following package instruction (4 min for mine). Keep some cooking water before your drain them.
  • Combine everything by adding pasta to the preparation. Stir the pasta to coat with the sauce and add some cooked water to loosen the sauce as required.
  • BON APPÉTIT !

I’ve never cooked Radicchio before and it really tastes delicious with pasta and walnuts. Here are some other recipes that I liked: la Dolce Vita adds white wine, Ocado which made me discover trofie pasta, and Riverford for a bacon version.

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