I've made pasta with mushrooms many times, here and here, and while it is usually good, it is never oh-my-gosh-this-is-so-good-you-have-to-make-this-again. Until tonight that is. I bought some cute pasta in pretty colors at the food section of Marshalls. Please tell me that I am not the only one who can spend forever standing in front of the quirky food choices at Marshalls, TJMaxx, or HomeGoods. It's where I can stand and contemplate whether I really need a little jar of jalapeno mint jelly. I know I do. I mean, I need everything there, the possibilities are endless.
So, anyway, I bought some cute bow pasta in pretty pastel colors. It was $3.00, which is more than I usually pay for a bag of pasta, but even though I picked it up and put it back down several times, it just kept calling to me. On the back of the bag was a recipe for pasta with mushrooms and sausages. Since I don't have a deep love for my current pasta with mushrooms and sausages recipe, I decided to try it.
First heat some olive oil in your pan. If your lucky like me, at the same time you bought this cute pasta, you also bought this new, simply adorable red enameled cast iron pan. I was looking for a braising pan, something other than my dutch oven, and this looks like it will work nicely. It was less than $30! I couldn't pass it up.
Then saute a small, diced onion and one clove of garlic minced, until softened.
Add 6 oz fresh Italian sausage. I used a package of 6 hot, Italian sausages. Brown, for about 5 minutes, until it's no longer pink.
Add 6 oz of sliced mushrooms. I used button, because that is what I had. It suggested using some dried, soaked porcini, but I didn't have any.
I cooked it about 10 minutes and then added 3/4 cup of white wine. When it looks ready (that's really what the recipe said!), add salt, pepper and 2 oz of light cream (I used half-and-half).
Cook your pasta. I hope yours is as cute as mine! My husband was watching and said "you're really going to post a picture of pasta boiling in water?!" This pasta made me happy. I am sharing my happiness. You understand.
When the pasta is done, drain, and mix with the sausage mixture. Serve with fresh bread and some freshly ground Parmesan cheese.