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Mushroom Pasta with Pepper & Pecorino


2 to 3

prep time:

10 mins

cook time:

20 mins

Total time:

30 mins




  • 8 ounces short pasta shape such as campanelle

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse pepper, plus additional for garnish

  • Vermont Creamery Sea Salt Cultured Butter - 82% Butterfat

    3 divided tablespoons cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 cremini mushrooms, stems trimmed, caps and stems thinly sliced about 1/4 inch

  • ¾ cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus additional for garnish

  • Kosher salt, if desired



  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until 1 minute shy of al dente. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta water.


  1. Meanwhile, add pepper to large, cold skillet. Cook over medium-low heat 30-60 seconds or until toasted and fragrant.


  1. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil to skillet; heat until butter foams. Add mushrooms; toss to coat. Arrange mushrooms in single layer in skillet (as much as possible). Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping any pepper bits from bottom of skillet, 8-10 minutes or until mushrooms start to brown and most of liquid has evaporated. (If pasta is still cooking, remove skillet from heat and set aside until pasta is done.)


  1. Meanwhile, combine 3/4 cup Pecorino cheese and 3-4 tablespoons reserved pasta water; mix to consistency of loose paste. Set aside.


  1. Return skillet to medium-low heat. Add almost-al dente pasta, 1/2 cup reserved pasta water and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Cook; toss to combine with mushrooms, being sure to scrape up any bits on bottom of skillet. Remove from heat. Add cheese paste and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water. Stir until pasta is well coated, glossy and absorbs most of liquid. (If bottom of skillet looks dry, add more reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Taste; season with pinch of salt, if desired.


  1. Plate pasta; top with additional coarse black pepper and grated Pecorino, if desired. Serve immediately.