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Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Pappardelle Pasta on a plate

Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Pappardelle

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Autumn in Tuscany means pappardelle ai funghi (mushrooms) e panna (cream), a classic seasonal pasta dish with hearty mushrooms and a creamy sauce. Porcini are typically the mushroom of choice, found wild throughout the forests in Tuscany and prevalent after rainfall. In this recipe I use baby bella or cremini mushrooms and they taste just as delicious! Bring this meal to your table and feel the taste of the fall season in Tuscany. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 lb pappardelle pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms (variety of choice), sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Extra herbs as garnish


  1. In a large skillet, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent; about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the chopped mushrooms, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Continue to cook until soft; 7-8 minutes. Stir in the mascarpone until melted. Pour in the cream and add the grated Parmigiano cheese and cook for 2-4 minutes until the cream is slightly reduced. Remove from heat.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Generously salt the water and taste it. It should taste salty like the sea. Cook the pappardelle until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta (you won’t use it all).
  4. Drain the pasta. Add the cooked pasta to the mushroom sauce along with a tablespoon or two of pasta water. Heat until liquid has reduced (1-2 minutes) and stir until well combined. Serve hot with more Parmigiano Reggiano if desired. Mangia!
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian