Baby Food.

When someone experiences a change in their life I naturally think to bring them food.  After all, food comforts us, soothes us and makes us feel like home. 
When my sister, Carrie, had my sweet niece, Leah, I knew I had to bring her and my brother-in-law, Ryan, food.  There is a dish that we enjoy at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, a creamy, cheesy, rich pasta dish was mushrooms and fresh herbs.  I knew that it would be a perfect comfort food dish so I decided to wing it and I think it came out perfectly!
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
You will need:
  • 1 pound small pasta, I used tubetti
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 2 Tbs cooking sherry
  • 2 cups shitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh basil, cut
  • fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh parmigiano reggiano
    1.) Begin by cooking pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    2.) Melt butter, then add olive oil.  Sauté garlic. 
    3.) Add heavy cream, milk, and cooking sherry.  Bring to  a boil, then reduce heat.
    4.) Next, add mushrooms, and on low heat, cook until mushrooms are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
    5.) Add basil, thyme, salt and pepper and cheese.  Cook until sauce becomes thick, about 10 minutes on low heat.
    6.) Pour sauce over pasta, garnish with fresh basil, thyme and cheese.


    Being able to make this dish for Carrie and Ryan made me feel like I was really able to help out during such an exciting and busy time in their lives.  So next time you are looking for a delicious, comforting, dish to make for a friend, try this recipe.  Or if you’re feeling blue and need a big hug from some pasta…there is some creamy mushroom pasta waiting for you with open arms!



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