Mark Taylor of West Hartford, Connecticut, writes: “I started cooking out of necessity when I first graduated from college, since I couldn’t afford to eat out. Having grown up watching my mother cook for our large family, I used her recipes. She was always trying new dishes whenever we had guests and sharing her adventurous attitude toward eating. These days, even though my wife and I both work, we still cook several times a week. Now I tend to rely on recipes I’ve picked up from restaurants and friends. I enjoy experimenting with different ingredients and figuring out new ways to improve a recipe, as I’ve done with the one here.”
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
- 1/4cup olive oil
- 1 1/2pounds crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 6large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/4cups whipping cream16ounces linguine
- 3 1/2cups grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 3/4cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
DIRECTIONS Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, and nutmeg; sauté until mushrooms are brown and tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir in cream. Remove mushroom mixture from heat.
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot. Add mushroom mixture, 2 1/2 cups cheese, 1/2 cup parsley, and reserved cooking liquid. Toss over medium-high heat until sauce coats pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in remaining 1/4 cup parsley. Transfer pasta to bowl. Serve with remaining cheese.