Herby mushroom pasta

Herby mushroom pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 2
A quick, low-fat idea for a midweek supper - good if you're on a budget at around £1.15 a head

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal235
  • fat2g
  • saturates0.2g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 250g field or portobello mushrooms, thickly sliced



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced or crushed
  • 150ml vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 250g penne pasta (or other tube shapes)
  • 3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Put the mushrooms, mustard, garlic and vegetable stock into a frying pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins or until the stock has nearly all evaporated and the mushrooms are soft.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain and toss with the mushrooms, parsley and lemon zest. Season to taste and serve straightaway.

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Comments (47)

samwatson's picture

I added an extra tsp of wholegrain mustard and found this to be a very quick and tasty meal. I agree that the mushrooms you use make a big difference, ordinary white or button mushrooms would leave this dish very bland.

circes's picture

Absolutely delicious - I added a healthy spoonful of soft cheese with garlic and herbs for a lovely creamy sauce. You have to use good mushrooms though - white cap mushrooms will just not have enough flavour - I used portobello ones. Will definitely be making this again as it's a quick and easy midweek recipe that can easily be adapted by adding other ingredients.

jeffmcqueen83's picture

This meal was definitely missing something! Easy to make but just didn't have enough flavour. I won't be making this again.

mrsnew's picture

Not sure about this one. Filled me up but I did not really like the flavours. As someone has already said, 250g of pasta for 2 people??? Probably why it was so filling! I think it would be nice if maybe it was a creamy sauce but just to bland for me.

zetallgerman's picture

oh, and for that extra luxurious feel, added just a few drops of truffle oil before serving. Divine!

zetallgerman's picture

oh, and for that extra luxurious feel, added just a few drops of truffle oil before serving. Divine!

zetallgerman's picture

I absolutely love mushrooms and needed a quick yet satisfying dinner after coming home from the gym. Did this tonight with some porcini flavoured fettuccini and 2 large fresh porcinis. Left out the mustard and lemon but added a teaspoon of vegemite to the stock instead to give it more flavour (vegemite is also a great source of B vitamins for vegetarians by the way). What a fantastic and healthy dish! Will do this more often from now on!

mazam86's picture

no taste to it, lack of flavour!

gillmac83's picture

not often do I try something which I like this little and feel strongly enough that I throw it away because I can't bare to eat it. This recipe unfortunately actually made me question my liking of both mushrooms and pasta - two of my favourite ingredients!

wildbluesun's picture

Didn't like this very much. Not enough sauce for the pasta.

sophieahh's picture

This was great: we had loads of freshly picked mushrooms from the fields near home to use and the dish tasted lovely. I did throw a handful of bacon lardons into the pan which gave a little extra flavour. I left out the lemon though.

starkusr's picture

unbelievably tasty for the amount of ingredients! didnt let the stock reduce all the way though as i wanted a little more sauce amd 250 g pasta for 2 people? that's insane it would hardly add up to 200 and something calories per serving if that was the case!!

carmelria's picture

HHmmm I'm not sure. You definitely don't need the zest of a whole lemon, just a bit is needed. It like it at first but found the mix of flavours a bit odd after a while and couldn't really eat them rest.

czzzzpzzzz's picture

Good recipe and very easy to do, however after the first go we tried it without lemon and ricotta and it was just as good and even easier!

maradona10's picture

Most things I get from this site are good but this was a let down, even more disappointing because I love wholegrain mustard and pasta together but the mushrooms and veg stock just didnt work. I added chicken breasts cut into slices and replaced the parsley with fresh basil but it still didnt work out. Very bland.

coldears's picture

I really did not enjoy this at all. The flavours did not complement each other, the textures were peculiar and after three bites each we threw it away.

gilliangol's picture

I enjoyed this. Very easy and quick to make with some good flavours. I loved the mixture of parsley and lemon added to the mushrooms.

hollyvmorris's picture

Really simple and easy to make. We added a chicken breast so that we could get some protein and this worked well.

ratkin's picture

Tastier with crushed garlic and chopped shallot or spring onion.

bethocallaghan's picture

I think it serves two.


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