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Pappardelle Pasta with Portobello Mushroom Ragu

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A quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe — pappardelle with portobello mushrooms and rosemary.

Wide pappardelle pasta noodles served in a white pasta bowl, topped with chunky portobello mushroom ragu and fresh rosemary.

A meaty portobello mushroom sauce combined with ribbons of al dente cooked pasta noodles make this a very satisfying plate, and you can make it on the fly. This is by far one of our most popular pappardelle pasta recipes!

The sauce is much like a traditional ragu or Italian meat sauce, except it’s meatless. It’s perfect with dishes like soft, cheesy polenta as well as over pasta – of course!

Portobello mushrooms with pasta

Portobello mushrooms have abundant earthy, woodsy flavors that match up perfectly with the piney, aromatic fresh rosemary, garlic cloves and red pepper. The caps are big and meaty, which means portobellos are great for stuffing, as well as roasting with garlic and herbs.

And with pasta, thick mushroom ragus and tomato sauces like this one are best mates with pappardelle — the flat, wide strands coil and curl easily around a fork, catching all the juices and chunky bits of sauce. Yum!

Wide pappardelle pasta noodles served in a white pasta bowl, topped with chunky portobello mushroom ragu and fresh rosemary.

What are portobello (or portabella) mushrooms?

Portobello mushrooms (or portabellas) are actually overgrown, giant cremini mushrooms. It’s true!

Portobello Mushroom Rage with Pappardelle Pasta

Portobellos became all the rage in the 1990s, when mushroom growers realized the potential in allowing white button mushrooms to mature a few extra days.

First they’re marketed as “baby” portobellos called “cremini” before growing into the oversized beauties we call portobellos.

Wide pappardelle pasta noodles served in a white pasta bowl, topped with chunky portobello mushroom ragu and fresh rosemary.

How to prepare portobello mushrooms:

  • Choose firm mushrooms with unbroken caps.
  • Wipe the mushrooms gently with a towel if they seem dirty — don’t soak them in water or they’ll become soggy.
  • The underside of the mushrooms, or the gills, should be tight, dry and light brown in color.
  • Yes, you can eat the gills of portobello mushrooms. But if they look very dark in color and moist (verging on slimy) you can feel free to remove them or they might make the sauce murky.
  • If the gills are moist and/or turning black, scoop them out with a spoon and discard before slicing and cooking over medium-high heat.

Pappardelle veruss egg noodles

Pappardelle is a pasta cut into wide, long noodles. You can find it as fresh egg pasta, and it’s also available as a dried egg pasta and durum wheat pasta without eggs.

The nice, chunky size of pappardelle noodles means it’s ideal to in pasta dishes with rich, hearty sauces like this mushroom ragu, or with creamier sauces like the sauce in creamy lemon pasta or a fresh vegetable pasta primavera.

I reserve thinner pasta cuts such as spaghetti and linguine for dishes like crowd-pleasing pasta carbonara.

More portobello mushroom recipes:

Papparedelle Pasta with Mushroom Ragu

Pappardelle Pasta with Rosemary Portobello Mushroom Sauce

Karen Tedesco
Enjoy this hearty, autumnal pappardelle pasta with fresh rosemary and portobello mushrooms in warm bowls, with a glass of red wine on the side 🙂
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4.81 from 827 community reviews
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 2 ounces each)
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 (350 g) portobello mushroom caps (10 -12 ounces), sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces (225 g) pappardelle pasta, fresh or dried
  • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 chunk (50 g) Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Put the oil, shallots and a pinch of salt in a large skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened, but not browned.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pan. Cook the mushrooms for a few minutes until they take on some color, then stir and add ½ teaspoon salt. Continue cooking until the mushrooms become tender and their liquid evaporates.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to the package directions. Scoop out and reserve ¾ cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta.
  • Add the garlic, rosemary, red pepper, tomato paste, vinegar and butter to the mushrooms. Add ½ cup of the pasta water and stir over medium heat until the mixture becomes saucy. Add the pasta to the pan and toss gently with tongs to coat with the sauce, adding more water if it seems too dry. Taste for seasoning.
  • Shave curls of Parmigiano cheese over the pasta with a vegetable peeler and serve. 

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Any leftover pasta and sauce will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • The sauce coats up to 8 ounces of pasta. If you’d enjoy larger servings or are cooking one pound of pasta, add one more shallot and 1-2 additional portobellos. Increase the sauce by doubling the tomato paste, balsamic vinegar and butter. Add up to 1 cup of the pasta water.

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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209 Comments

  1. Lovely recipe. It is easy to bring together and tastes great. I’m wondering if I could make the mushroom sauce ahead and freeze it. I’m having a dinner party and would love to have as much done ahead as possible as we will have overnight guests before and after the party.

    1. Hi Cathy – Yes, you can make the sauce ahead. I suggest doubling it (using a larger pan). When you cook the pasta, proceed to step 4, adding the pasta water and heating until it simmers. I hope you all enjoy!

  2. Joseph Dellafave says:

    5 stars
    Came upon this recipe while searching for a meatless dish (it’s Lent no meat on Fridays, hey I’m a Catholic and Italian). What a delight! Easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. I did add a second clove of garlic , again it’s an Italian thing ☺️, other than that followed recipe. It was the perfect amount for wifey and me. Served with a crusty Italian bread and some Pinot Grecio…era excellent. Give this recipe a try you won’t be disappointed…. Bon Apetito!

    1. Wonderful! So happy you both enjoyed the pasta, Joseph. More garlic is good for the soul.

  3. Maureen Ballotta says:

    I can’t wait to make this pasta dish!

  4. 5 stars
    Was so delicious! Added sliced Italian sausage Was a big hit

  5. 5 stars
    Loved loved loved this dish. I go for anything mushroom so I def wanted to try. I did add some pancetta bc I forgot to defrost a meat to go with the dish. Also added some white wine as others mentioned and a little black truffle butter along w the recipe butter amount bc I had it on hand and… Duh. Truffles! Thank you so much for such a solid recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Quick & easy but super tasty. I used fresh pasta which made it even nicer. One question though, ‘red pepper’, is that paprika or cayenne pepper, or something else? Googled but results were mixed. In Oz, red pepper is chillie or paprika (capsicum).

    1. Crushed red pepper is what I use — in the US, it’s coarse-textured red chili pepper. Glad you enjoyed this with fresh pasta!

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for this exquisite recipe! Everyone loved it. I added kale and white beans and they complemented the sauce. I am working on delicious vegetarian recipes and yours is an excellent one to add to my repertoire. Thank you! 😊