Fettuccine with Mushroom Marsala

Just because Valentine’s Day has come and gone doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about sensual foods.  Like this Fettuccine with creamy Mushroom Marsala Sauce.  This is not only elegant, but like the Pistachio Crusted Flounder, it’s another really quick meal. I’m on a quick meal roll this week.

I made this pasta for our dinner last night; we were expecting to have a quiet evening at home when, around 5 pm, we got the call from our favorite restaurant—we got off the waiting list!  (Just as I was starting to get some good mileage out of teasing my husband about it.)

Fettuccine Mushroom Marsala

And we got the best table, too!  It was comfy and secluded.  I’m a huge table snob.   To me there’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money to go out to dinner and being seated at a postage sized table wedged in between a loud-talker (Seinfeld was right on about that one) and one of those types who likes to stare at what you’re eating while they wait, endlessly, for their appetizers.  Not romantic at all.

This dish is almost as good as going out.  I go back to this basic sauce again and again because it’s easy yet so sophisticated.  Put your nose up to the Marsala bottle and take a whiff: it’s instant white tablecloth and candlelight.  All you need to pick up is some fresh thyme, and a bunch of nice looking mushrooms, whatever kind you like.

My favorite way to use mushrooms is all by themselves.  Their flavor and texture is so distinctive it’s a shame to mix them in as an afterthought.  Could you add chicken, or shrimp, or asparagus to this dish?  Sure.  But I wouldn’t.

You’re going to need about 8 ounces of mushrooms for two, or a pound for four people.  You should have all the rest in the house: shallot, garlic, Marsala (one bottle lasts forever) chicken stock, cream, lemon and a box of fettuccine.

Fettuccine with Mushroom Marsala

Yield: serves 2

Fettuccine with Mushroom Marsala

Ingredients

  • 1/3-1/2 lb fettuccine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 8 oz assorted mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup Marsala wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of Wondra flour*
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stalks
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Chopped parsley
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a heavy pot melt and butter and olive oil and saute the shallot and garlic for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the mushrooms and saute, stirring often, for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the mushrooms just tender. If the pot seems too dry, add a little more olive oil.
  3. Add the Marsala into the hot pot and let it evaporate for a minute, then add the chicken stock, thyme, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Let the sauce simmer and reduce for a few minutes. Sprinkle in a dash of Wondra flour and blend in.
  5. Add in the cream, and bring back to a simmer. Check for seasoning and set aside while you cook the fettuccine.
  6. When the fettuccine is just al dente, either add it to the sauce and toss well, or put it in a serving bowl and top with the sauce. Garnish with cheese and parsley.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/fettuccine-with-mushroom-marsala/

  • Wondra flour is formulated to dissolve instantly in hot or cold liquids, no clumping. It’s the best thing for those times when you just want to slightly thicken a sauce, especially at the last minute.  All you do is sprinkle it in and stir.

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21 Comments

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    Mary
    March 26, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I have NO idea how I missed this post initially, but I am grinning now. I already have chicken marsala on the menu for this week and I can guarantee that I’ll be making this very SOON with some more of the marsala that is now in my cabinet. We absolutely adore mushrooms. I’m thinking it’s going to take a good 2 pounds of them (at least that!) in order to feed my crew.

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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I made this today-and it was soooo yummy! Totally tasted like something you would get in a fancy restaurant. I took the other 1/2 lemon and used it to sprinkle on each plate right before eating–made it pop.
    Thank you!

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    At Anna's kitchen table
    February 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    That looks so good! Maybe when I’m not low-carbing….. :))

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    Anonymous
    February 17, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Ok, looks delicious. But I struggle with what to buy at the store – The sweet or the dry marsala? Which did you use?Mushrooms are my absolute favorite!

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    annie
    February 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Are you sure you are not a professional food stylist /photographer? I’m making this tonight. It’s 4 O’clock PST and I thought I need some inspiration for dinner tonight…came to your blog and saw your lovely vanilla hazelnut scones and thought I could be happy with that for dinner with a glass of chardonnay…but the family…maybe not. THEN I saw this recipe. This looks so good and I have everything but the mushrooms and the wondra. I’ve never used Wondra and after reading your description, I’m wondering why. 8 o’clock cannot come fast enough!

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    MyFudo™
    February 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Mushrooms and pasta is a match made in heaven…They bring out the best in each other. Excited to try this out!

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    Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie)
    February 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    That first photo is fabulous. Made me want to run to the kitchen and make it like “now”. I’m a big table snob too. I sit there and fume if we’re given a bad table and there’s no way to fix it. Great looking recipe.

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    Liza in Ann Arbor
    February 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with table snobbery. On my birthday this year, the restaurant I chose sat us right next to the bar dishwasher–a miserable night and I won’t go back! Your dish looks delicious.

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    Barbara
    February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Now THAT’S my kind of dish, Sue! The first photo is perfection. Marsala and mushrooms love each other, don’t they?

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    BeetleBuggy
    February 16, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I absolutely love anything where mushrooms are the star and when you add pasta to that, it becomes one of my favorites, like this dish :)

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    February 16, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Oh, that really leaped off the page. It looks so delicious. Pasta with mushrooms/marsala wine. I will not get out of bed and get something to eat because of looking at this delicious dish. I.will.not…

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    Sulpicia (III)
    February 16, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Looks wonderful. Marsala is a favorite of mine.

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    Catherine
    February 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Dear Sue, This looks absolutely delicious!! Blessings, Catherine xo

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    Kim
    February 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m so happy to be cooking along with you in the Joy The Baker Cook-off! I just discovered your site and it’s gorgeous. I’m with you. I’m all about the quick meals most nights. This pasta looks outrageously delicious.

    Off to check out your brownies :)

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    yummychunklet
    February 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Yum! I love marsala, and this dish looks delicious!

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    Joanne
    February 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    A version of marsala that even us vegetarians can enjoy?!?!? LOVE IT. What a great pasta dish! Definitely celebration-worthy.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      February 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      It’s funny about mushrooms, they are really kind of ‘meaty’. My husband usually want some kind of animal protein with dinner, but he doesn’t miss it all all with this dish.

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    February 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Mmmm…comfort food! That is seriously mouthwatering and looks so rich I can practically taste it through the screen. Sigh. And I LOVE that plate. Want it.

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    From the Kitchen
    February 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    What a delicious post for me to start with this morning! I have it all except the mushrooms. I brushed snow off the thyme earlier this week to use in a chowder and saw that the whole bush is thriving despite the cold.

    I agree with you re tables in restaurants, starers, loud talkers and add hovering bussers.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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      Sue/the view from great island
      February 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Bonnie—Does thyme really grow through the winter? I have to try that, is yours in a pot or in the ground?

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