Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Pasta


This creamy mushroom pasta features hot cooked fettuccine pasta coated in a beautiful, aromatic, creamy mushroom sauce. You can use any pasta you like in this quick dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 8 ounces fettuccine pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ¾ pound fresh white mushrooms, sliced

  • ¼ pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 fluid ounces sherry

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh chives

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

  • 9 tablespoons freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Cook fettuccine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain but do not rinse pasta; transfer to a large serving bowl and keep warm.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir white and shiitake mushrooms in hot oil with a pinch of salt until liquid from mushrooms evaporates and mushrooms are browned, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir garlic into mushrooms and cook for 1 minute; pour in sherry and cook until wine is nearly evaporated. Stir in chicken stock; season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Pour cream into mushroom mixture, stir to combine, and simmer for 5 minutes. Mixture will foam and thicken slightly.

  5. Stir thyme, chives, and tarragon into mushroom sauce and turn off heat; mix 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into sauce until cheese is melted.

  6. Pour 1/2 of the mushroom sauce over pasta; toss to coat. Top with remaining mushroom sauce and 1 tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

    close up view of Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Pasta garnished with cheese in a white bowl
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
22g Fat
34g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 371mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 302mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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