Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Autumnal Pasta

This Nigel Slater recipe is perfect for welcoming Autumn. It's very simple to make and the earthiness makes it perfect for a gloomy evening when the temperatures start to drop a little. A glass of red wine would also be a great accompaniment - an excellent antidote to low spirits.

Ingredients to serve 3 very greedy people, or 4 bird-like eaters: (Nigel gives exact measurements - but ball park estimates work fine..)

A generous couple of handfuls of chestnut mushrooms - very thinly sliced
A generous knob of butter (about 25g)
A slick of olive oil
Lots of parsley - chopped finely
Lots of grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic - thinly sliced
400g pasta (Fusilli has been used here because it was all there was in the cupboard, it was very nice, tagliatelle would have been very good.)

The make:
Melt the butter and olive oil and cook the mushrooms very slowly over a low heat for about 15mins.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil - and cook your pasta for about 12mins, or whatever the packet tells you.
Meanwhile, continue cooking your mushrooms and season them as well as adding the garlic to cook at the same time as the pasta.
When the pasta has cooked, drain it, and add it to the mushrooms, butter and garlic. Add the parsley and Parmesan cheese. Let it sit on the stove for a couple of minutes longer then serve into big bowls.


  1. Man, how simple is this recipe! Cant get easier than this and I bet it tastes awesome. Most definitely looks so.. btw, totally loving your banner pic. Its too cool! Made me smile!

  2. Hello there. Thanks for dropping by and visiting (and commenting on)my blog. I've been salivating over yours for the last 20 minutes! I have had an ongoing love affair with pasta (indeed most carbs) for quite the time now - ok most of my breathing life. I just know I'm going to stop by here quite regularly!

  3. Nigel is great isn't he? I love his recipes, they are unpretentious and tasty, and that is no exception!
    Looks like MY plate of pasta!

  4. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog! Very much enjoyed having a nose round yours, the food looks so yummy! Can't say I did anything remotely that nice when I was at uni!! I'll be back for more mouth-watering recipes!

  5. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. Your pasta dish looks wonderful.

  6. Great looking dish, it's really making me look forward to Fall weather!

  7. UHmmm looks so appetizing!! Perfect dish to welcome the new season!!!

  8. Hi, thanks for your kind comment on my bread-making efforts! As a novice, I can confirm that the whole thing was much easier than I thought, so I will definitely try to make a habit out of it!

    PS: this pasta is too easy and tasty-sounding to be true! Do you read the Casual Kitchen blog? He's all about "laughably cheap" and easy recipes too, I'm a big fan :)

  9. Hi girls! Thanks for dropping by to say hello. Your blog is great! Ah, food! I love Nigel Slater's recipes, they're just so tasty every time, you can't go wrong! I'll be a regular visitor here for sure! ~Siobhan

  10. I bet those chestnut mushrooms are delicious!

  11. Nice dish - I'm trying to ignore the oncoming autumn so maybe I'll save this for later. I might just have the glass of red wine, though.

  12. your blog is so fun! and it's nice to see students eating well. i didn't eat anything like this in college, mostly boxed up meals full of salt! i love this pasta!

  13. looks amazing!!! and i love the theme of this blog so much. it makes me giggle. and now i want pasta.


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