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One Pot Mushroom Pasta

Cheapskate Meals 54
Mushroom Pasta

The Scenario:

So you’ve got to eat, obviously, but the game is on in about half an hour and you don’t really want to spend all night in the kitchen screwing around. It is your turn to cook, you’ve got to throw together something or you will get thrown out of the apartment by your room-mates. You are already on thin ice after the “Sharpie Pen Incident.” Here is the plan, you are going to make some pasta, for everybody, and it is going to be great, so great that everyone is going to forgive you and the ban on Tequila might even get lifted. It is all going to be ready before the game starts and there will only be one pot to clean afterwards, so you can volunteer to do the dishes and dodge having to do them again all week.

What You Need:

One pretty big pot

A spoon

A stovetop

Ingredients To Serve 4:


12 ounces of miscellaneous mushrooms

Minced garlic

Chicken stock

Dried pasta

Parmesan cheese

Optional extras:

This is a dish that basically exists for the sole purpose of using up whatever leftovers you have in your fridge, any finely chopped cooked ham, chicken or even bits of beef can be added at the same time as the pasta and will come out delicious.

Ideally, you can throw in some spinach or chard to give it a bit of colour and some different textures too.

My favourite version of this pasta was made exactly as described here, except that it was made with low salt stock and came served in little bowls made out of bacon that had been cooked in the oven, in a muffin tray, until it was crispy. And now I am drooling. Great.

A garlic bread or even just some crusty bread and butter go pretty well with this simple, rustic pasta dish.

How To Do It:

1. Get that pot on the heat, about medium.

2. Plop in four tablespoons of butter, seems like a lot, isn’t that much.

3. When it is starting to go brown, throw in the mushrooms. Chop them in half if they are bigger than the top of your thumb.

4. Throw in the garlic and the enough dried pasta for everybody, probably about 6 handfuls or eight ounces.

5. Pour in your chicken stock, about three cups of it, or enough to cover everything in the pot.

6. Bring it to the boil and stir it for 10 minutes or so until the mushrooms and the pasta have drunk up all of that delicious chicken stock.

7. Check if the pasta is cooked by eating a piece. If it is, serve out the pasta and grate some parmesan on top.

You just made an elaborate pasta dish for your whole apartment in less time than it takes you to get your pants on in the morning. You will be hailed as the saviour of the human race, beloved by all and granted free use of the television for the rest of the night. It works like clockwork, every time.

G D Penman writes books. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continues on his quest to eat the flesh of every living species. He has worked in just about every job you can have in a restaurant and now he is here to yell at you for using a microwave when there is a perfectly good oven right there.

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