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This Mushroom Pasta recipe is creamy yet magically made without the cream. This simple mushroom pasta celebrates the pure glory of mushrooms, with their earthy flavor and meaty texture.

Healthy mushroom pasta in a large bowl

Noodles dance in the dreamy wine sauce, picking up bits of mushroom in each luscious bite.

If you’ve tried these Sautéed Mushrooms, Mushroom Risotto, or Mushroom Stroganoff, you know mushrooms are an umami rich ingredient that shines in simple recipes.

This pasta dish is abounding with rich flavors, and the mushrooms make it special and a worthy stand-alone meal.

large pot of easy mushroom pasta

About this Mushroom Pasta Recipe

Like many great Italian recipes, from Pasta al Limone to Penne Alla Vodka, this mushroom pasta tastes much more than the sum of its parts.

  • The mushroom sauce is made of mushrooms and onion slowly sautéed in butter and olive oil.
  • It’s complexified with garlic and thyme, marsala wine (or white wine), broth, and fresh Parmesan cheese.
  • Like Garlic Pasta and Ricotta Pasta, this creamy mushroom pasta tastes of decadence, while somehow not using heavy cream.

Let me teach you my tricks.

italian mushroom pasta in a bowl

How to Make Mushroom Pasta

Mushroom lovers, you are going to feel all kinds of fancy after you know how to make this dreamy pasta.

The Ingredients

  • Mushrooms. Creminis have a mild, earthly flavor and meaty texture and are my mushroom of choice for mushroom pasta. Creminis are more mature than a white mushroom and younger than a portobello, so you could think of them as between these two flavors.


Use pre-sliced mushrooms to speed along meal prep.

  • Pasta. Whole wheat noodles are an easy, healthy swap, adding more protein and fiber to the dish. Use penne, ziti, fusilli, or your favorite noodle shape.
  • Butter and Olive Oil. The mushrooms are onions are sautéed in a bit of butter and olive oil to build the base.
  • Herbs and Aromatics. Garlic and onion are our sauce aromatics, plus thyme, chives, or parsley keep the pasta fresh.
  • Wine. Dry white wine or marsala wine both work well.

Choosing a Wine

Marsala lasts a long time in your refrigerator and you can use it for cooking other recipes like Crockpot Chicken Marsala. If you opt for white wine, you can drink it with dinner. I recommend Sauvignon Blanc. This Garlic Shrimp Pasta is another fabulous recipe for drinking/cooking with wine.

  • Flour. To thicken the sauce.
  • Broth. Chicken or vegetable broth to further build out the sauce and give flavor. Use vegetable to keep this dish vegetarian.
  • Parmesan. Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese is essential.

The Directions

sauteeing mushrooms in large pot
  1. Cook the pasta. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water. Cook mushrooms in butter and olive oil. Remove the mushrooms to a plate.
sauteeing onions for mushroom pasta
  1. Cook the onions with salt, pepper, and thyme. Stir in garlic.
white wine for mushroom pasta
  1. Add the wine and let it reduce.
sauteeing ingredients in a large pan for healthy mushroom pasta
  1. Add the flour, stirring constantly.
broth for mushroom pasta
  1. Slowly add the broth.
creamy mushroom pasta without the heavy cream
  1. Simmer.
noodles and sauteed mushrooms for the best mushroom pasta recipe
  1. Stir in the pasta and mushrooms.
toppings for creamy mushroom pasta recipe
  1. Add the Parmesan and chives.
simple mushroom pasta without heavy cream
  1. Stir to combine, adding reserved pasta water as needed. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan. ENJOY!

Dietary Note

To make this dish gluten free, swap your favorite gluten-free pasta and use a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water) rather than the flour for thickening.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat over medium-low in a nonstick skillet with a splash of water. Alternatively, you may also warm in the microwave with a splash of water to rehydrate the pasta, covered, until steaming.
  • To Freeze. I do not recommend freezing this dish, as it will become mushy.

What to Serve with Mushroom Pasta

While mushroom pasta is a star all on its own, it can complement other fabulous dishes as well.

  • Colander. For draining pasta, and also washing any of your fruits and veggies.
  • Whisk. I prefer this 9-inch whisk over a full size whisk as it is easier to control.
  • Wooden Spoon Set. For stirring, scooping, and sautéing, this is the go-to tool.

Small But Mighty Whisk

This 9-inch whisk will do just about any job of a full size whisk, but I find it easier to maneuver and really get to the pot’s edges.

recipe for mushroom pasta

Creamy, dreamy mushroom pasta, you’re just what we need for dinner tonight!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Wash Mushrooms?

Mushrooms do need to be cleaned prior to cooking to remove any dirt, but do not run them under water or submerge them in water or they will become soggy. Instead, to clean mushrooms wipe away dirt with a damp paper towel.

What Type of Mushroom Should I Add to Pasta?

Different varieties of mushrooms have different flavor profiles; you can use one or a mix of varieties. Portobello mushrooms are the largest and most meaty; you’ll often see them as a meat substitute in vegetarian dishes, like Mushroom Quesadilla and Portobello Mushroom Burger. If you use portobello, just slice them up smaller. Cremini (also called baby bella) are also very flavorful and highly versatile, from Mushroom Tacos to Mushroom Soup. Shiitake are more smoky in flavor. I just do not recommend button mushrooms as they are too mild and lacking in flavor.

What Cheese is Best for Pasta?

Parmesan cheese is the classic choice for topping a fresh pasta dish. This mushroom pasta recipe also uses Parmesan cheese in the sauce. I recommend freshly grating a block with a microplane grater.

What Can I Add to the Mushroom Pasta?

I love the pure mushroominess of this pasta, but you could certainly add some spinach (stir in along with mushrooms at the end until wilted) and/or top with sliced Baked Chicken Breast for a fuller dish.

Mushroom Pasta

4.70 from 23 votes
This simple mushroom pasta tastes creamy and indulgent, with NO cream required! With rich umami flavors and Parmesan, it's a winner!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces dry whole wheat pasta such as penne, ziti, fusilli, or your shape of choice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sliced cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or dry marsala wine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or flat-leaf parsley


  • Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking liquid (DON’T FORGET!). Drain the pasta and set aside.
  • In a large (12-inch) deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned and the liquid has cooked off, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the mushrooms to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and swirl to coat. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook the onions, stirring often, until they soften and turn lightly brown, about 8 minutes. Reduce the heat as needed so the onions soften but do not get too dark. Stir in the garlic.
  • Add the wine, increase the heat to medium, and let reduce for 2 minutes.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until no dry white bits remain. Add the broth a few small pours at a time, stirring constantly to keep lumps from forming. Be sure to thoroughly combine everything before adding the next pour of broth. Once all of the broth and has been added, bring to a simmer over medium high. Let cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Stir in the pasta and mushrooms, then the Parmesan and chives. Stir to combine, adding some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the pasta as needed. Taste and add salt and pepper as you like. Serve immediately, with additional Parmesan.



  • TO STORE: Store leftovers in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Reheat over medium-low in a nonstick skillet with a splash of water. Alternatively, you may also warm in the microwave with a splash of water to rehydrate the pasta, covered, until steaming.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 15gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 33mgPotassium: 637mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 439IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 1mg

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  1. I cooked this dish last night. The only change I made to the recipe was to increase the amount from 4 to 6 servings since my husband and I plan to this as our main course meal for 2 nights with just a vegetable side. Anyhow, I am pleased to say that this recipe was wonderful and not hard to make. The sauce was super flavorful, and was a real treat for a mushroom lover like me. My only minor critique is that when I added the cooked pasta in at the end, the pasta was no longer hot, and mixing it in with the hot sauce didn’t make it hot enough. So I needed to heat up the entire dish on the stovetop for a few minutes before serving. We are really looking forward to eating our leftovers tonight! Thanks for another terrific recipe, Erin!5 stars

  2. Erin I love mushrooms more than anything, can’t wait to make this dish! One question — I can’t cook with wine at all — how would I substitute in this recipe, even if sacrificing little flavor.
    Thank you so much!
    Ps: your recipes and your book are my favorites! You are amazing!

  3. Mushrooms are my favorite and this was a winner! I made this with orzo and it was delicious. I had a wonderful piece of pecorino romano which made it wonderfully flavorful! I made it for a main dish for me and a side dish for my husband. We both loved it. I will definitely make this again!!5 stars

  4. So delicious! Have been looking for meatless dishes and this one has to be a favorite. I love to use mushrooms and I used portobellos in this dish. Very very good. Made as directed.5 stars

  5. Made this dish as a pre-theater dinner, and was just looking for something relatively quick and easy. Well, it was not only all of that, but it had such rich and layered flavor that it is now going to be one of my regular dinners. Amazing that it has no dairy, as it has a creamy texture to go along with the profile baby Bella mushrooms. All in all, an amazingly delicious dinner, and another home run dish from Erin!5 stars

    1. Hi Elizabeth! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review! I think chicken would be great in it! Enjoy!