Creamy French Mushroom Penne (serves 4)
I’m sorry if you’re not a mushroom fan, you might have to sit this one out. I love mushrooms and this recipe is my go-to comfort food if I’m feeling a bit stressed (because nothing soothes the soul like melted camembert). I’ve used brie in this version because it’s a milder flavour.
- 4 cups pasta
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 625g mushrooms
- 1 chicken/veg stock cube (or 1tsp Bouillon)
- 200g brie (or camembert)
- 150ml single cream
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the pack then drain.
- Chop the garlic up really finely (try crushing it with the side of your knife) and fry it on a medium heat with the olive oil in a large frying pan.
- Chop the mushrooms into halves or quarters (depending on mushroom size and personal preference) and throw those into the frying pan too, fry until soft (about 7 minutes).
- Dissolve the stock in 8tbsp of hot water and add to the frying pan, simmer until it reduces (about 5 minutes).
- Chop the brie into small pieces and add the brie and cream to the frying pan, stirring constantly until the brie has melted.
- Add the cooked pasta to the frying pan, stir it all together, grind some black pepper over and serve!
How much does it cost?
I’ve left olive oil out of this calculation because you only need a tiny bit and you probably have some (or vegetable oil, sunflower oil or margarine, which will do).
|4 cups pasta||29p for 500g|
|3 cloves garlic||30p for a bulb|
|625g mushrooms||£2 for 625g|
|1 stock cube||80p for 6 chicken ones (of a branded variety)|
|200g brie (or camembert)||£1.19 for 200g|
|150ml single cream||55p for 150ml|
- Invest in Bouillon powder!
- It’s useful in all sorts of recipes.
- It tastes much nicer than cheap vegetable stock cubes (don’t buy really cheap stock cubes! If it must be a cube, buy branded ones when they’re on offer).
- It works out cheaper than branded stock cubes (it’s £2 for 150g).
- This recipe is vegetarian because I used to cook it for my veggie housemate; I expect it would be delicious with some chicken but you’ll have to try it out for yourself (I think it’s perfect just the way it is so I haven’t ever actually added chicken).
- Don’t worry if you have 190g or 250g of cheese, or the mushrooms are slightly more or less! This has happened to me lots of times and it works out fine.