Friday, October 26, 2012

Lemon Butter Pasta with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Fragrant garlic, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes are sauteed in butter and then tossed with fresh lemon juice and tender pasta. I've been making this pasta for company, for myself, for family and friends for so many years now that it's the first thing I think of when I want pasta. My husband prefers this dish with some grilled chicken tossed in with the pasta, but I'm quite happy with the pasta alone. I've been known to make this dish just for myself on weekends when my husband was out of town. I'd happily eat it for lunch and dinner all weekend.

Lemon Butter Pasta with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
Yield: 4 servings

6 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic
6 - 8 ounces mushrooms
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped small
Optional: 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon chicken base
1/2 cup diced tomato
juice from 2 small lemons, about 1/4 cup
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
kosher salt, to taste only as needed
12 ounces angel hair pasta
Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Cook the pasta, drain and set aside. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for less than a minute, just until it is fragrant. Add the mushrooms, onions and the optional chicken base. Saute for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms and onions are tender.

Add the lemon juice, tomatoes and white pepper. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes are warm. Divide the pasta between four plates. Pour the sauce on top of the pasta and top with cheese. Enjoy!

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  1. What a great simple but flavorful pasta dish. I like that it can easy be a meatless meal, but would also taste great with some grilled chicken on top (great for families with different types of eaters.)

  2. Lemon butter and pasta - I'm sold! I agree about meatless meals - sometimes it just doesn't matter to me. Have a lovely weekend Mary!

  3. That looks so warm and comforting!

  4. I agree---the perfect husband out of town meal!

  5. Isn't it funny how some of your favourite, most used recipes take so long to get photographed and blogged about? Pasta is always a great meal in my books :)

  6. Guess whose husband is going out of town tonight? I see some lovely pasta in my near future! I love the combination of mushrooms, tomatoes and lemon with butter, onions and garlic. Can't wait to try it!

  7. Saw this post and went to the kitchen. Lunch was fantastic!! Warm hugs from Dominican Republic!

  8. Hubby and I have had this twice this week, its amazing!!! I added spinach too the second time and it was the perfect add in.

  9. I made this and it is divine!