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Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce with Pasta

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Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce with Pasta

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  • Makes: 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep 35 mins
  • Stand 20 mins

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If you're a fan of morel mushrooms, you'll want to try this creamy pasta dish. Fresh thyme adds flavor to the sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 -2 ounces dried morel mushrooms (or 8 ounces fresh morel mushrooms, cleaned and halved lengthwise*)
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. If using dried mushrooms, heat the 3 cups broth or water to simmering. Remove from heat. Add dried mushrooms; let mushrooms stand 20 minutes. Strain mixture through a 100% cotton cheesecloth-lined sieve, reserving 1 cup broth. Rinse mushrooms under warm running water; squeeze out excess moisture. Slice in half lengthwise any of the larger mushrooms; set aside.
  2. For sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add shallots. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until shallots are tender. Sprinkle flour over shallots; stir to combine. Slowly add reserved 1 cup broth, stirring until smooth. Reduce to low heat. Cook, uncovered, for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and white pepper. Slowly whisk in the whipping cream. Cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat for 7 minutes more or until the mixture thickens. Stir in reserved morels and 1/4 cup parsley. Cook and stir until heated through.
  3. Spoon sauce over pasta. If you like, sprinkle with additional parsley. Makes 4 to 6 main-dish servings.

Note

  • To clean fresh morel mushrooms, place mushrooms in a pan or bowl. Cover with water; add a dash of salt. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, rinse, and repeat two more times.

Nutrition Facts

(Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce with Pasta)

Servings Per Recipe 4, sodium (mg) 1716, fiber (g) 4, chol. (mg) 181, sat. fat (g) 31, carb. (g) 65, Fat, total (g) 50, cal. (kcal) 786, pro. (g) 21, vit. A (IU) 2284, calcium (mg) 303, vit. C (mg) 6, iron (mg) 4

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