Mushroom lovers unite! Not only is the pasta filled with the fleshy and edible fruit bodies of macrofungi (OK, maybe a little too scientific sounding), but the mushroom is the star of the show in the topping. Though delicious made with cremini mushrooms alone, this one-pan sauce is even more spectacular if you use a mix of mushrooms.
My inspiration recipe from Fine Cooking used cheese ravioli, but mushrooms were the name of the game for me, so I chose agnolotti. It is a type of pasta typical of the Piedmont region of Italy, made with small pieces of flattened pasta dough, folded over a filling of roasted meat or vegetables—in this case, mushrooms.
Funghi Ragoût with Mushroom Agnolotti
- Kosher salt
- 2-1/2 to 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
- 12 oz. cremini mushrooms (or mixed wild), sliced about 1/4 inch thick
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 1-1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
- Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 1/4 cup lower-salt vegetable or chicken broth
- 10 oz. fresh or frozen mushroom stuffed agnolotti
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano
- Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.
- Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir to combine, then spread the mushrooms out in the pan and cook, undisturbed, until well browned on one side, about 3 minutes.
- Stir and continue to cook until well browned all over and any liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. (if the mushrooms are dry and the pan begins to scorch, add a drizzle of oil.) Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
- Add 1 Tbs. of the remaining oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
- Return the mushrooms and any liquid to the pan. Add the flour, thyme, and pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the wine, and stir until thickened. Add the broth, and simmer until the liquid reduces to a light sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in the boiling water according to package directions until al dente, drain, and add to the skillet with the mushrooms. Stir to coat over low heat. Serve topped with the parsley and cheese.
Original recipe by Lynne Curry from Fine Cooking