Recipe for Mushroom Butterflies


1 1/4 lb white mushrooms
1/2 cup coarsely chopped shallots
2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 freshly ground black pepper, to tas; te
1/3 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped falt-leaf parsley
2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
12 oz butterfly or bow-tie pasta, uncooke; d
1 coarsely grated parmesan cheese, fo; r garnish (opt)


For a delicate dinner or lunch pasta, try my mushroom sauce tossed with bow-tie or butterfly shapes. Try to use extra-virgin olive oil for flavor when cooking this dish, since there are so few ingredients. It's not necessary to season the pasta with salt if using Parmesan cheese, as it's a bit salty. And if you opt for the Parmesan, freshly grated is a must!

1. Trim mushroom stems and wipe caps clean with a paper towel. Slice lengthwise.

2. Toss mushrooms, shallots and garlic with oil in a large, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, for 10 minutes. Season with pepper. Toss in 1/3 cup parsley and lemon zest. Cook 1 minute longer. Reserve, covered, on the stove.

3. Shortly before serving, cook the pasta in boiling, salted water, stirring once, 6-8 minutes or until AL DENTE. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Toss pasta with mushrooms and reserved liquid; then toss with Parmesan and serve immediately, or serve the cheese alongside. Garnish with remaining tablespoon of chopped parsley.

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