Tortellini with mushroom cream sauce might be something you reserve for an upscale Italian restaurant rather than your kitchen. But when you enlist the help of pre-made tortellini and dried mushrooms, the entrée turns out to be far less complicated than it sounds. The recipe calls for dried porcini mushrooms, but would taste delicious with any dried mushroom variety, such as chanterelles, shiitakes, or maitakes. To see the recipe,
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms (or any other variety)
2 8-ounce packages dried three-cheese tortellini
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 cup sliced shallots
4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1/2 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- Place porcini mushrooms in 2-cup measuring cup; add enough hot water to measure 2 cups. Let stand until mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms, reserving soaking liquid. Coarsely chop porcini mushrooms.
- Cook tortellini in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sautée until golden and tender, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and 3 teaspoons thyme; sauté 2 minutes.
- Stir in 1 cup mushroom soaking liquid and cream; boil until thickened to light sauce consistency, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Drain tortellini; return to same pot. Add mushroom mixture and toss to coat. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer tortellini to bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and 1 teaspoon thyme.
Serves 4 to 6.
- Pasta, Main Dishes