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.

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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