Spaghetti with Mushroom Cream Sauce and a Pasta Blog Hop

I don't think that it's an exaggeration to say that growing up we ate pasta every single night with dinner. In today's carb conscious, diet crazy world that may elicit gasps, but in my Italian-American family it was just the norm. And while I was a picky eater, I never got sick of pasta. My dad - the cook in our family - mixed up the shapes and sauces, served it with chicken parmesan or steak pizzaiola (ok, we also ate a lot of meat and cheese...) and well into my 20s I could not understand how or why anyone would want to cut pasta from their diet. Today my dinners are a bit more diversified, but pasta remains one of my favorite foods.

Spaghetti with Rosemary-Mushroom Cream Sauce

It doesn't get much better than this Spaghetti with Rosemary-Mushroom Cream Sauce. I'm a sucker for the woody notes of rosemary, especially combined with earthy mushrooms and cream. It's a quick and easy yet refined weeknight supper that takes just as long as your pasta to cook. Although I used a box of spaghetti, fresh tagliatelle would be an incredible alternative. To make it an even more substantial meal, add bite-sized pieces of chicken breast (either use leftovers or simmer the chicken right in the sauce for an extra few minutes). It's perfect with a simple side salad.

I looked back over my past blog hops (you can check them all out here) and was shocked to find that I hadn't done pasta yet! I can't wait to see what you link up. As usual, I'll be pinning my favorite recipes onto a special pasta blog hop board on Pinterest, which you can follow here.
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Spaghetti with Rosemary-Mushroom Cream Sauce
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Rosemary, mushrooms, and cream make for a restaurant-worthy, elegant flavor combination and this dish will be on the table in just 30 minutes.
Recipe Type: Entree
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 to 9 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute (be careful not to burn the garlic).
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat and add the cream and rosemary. Allow to cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Add a splash of the reserved cooking water.
  6. Add the pasta and toss to thoroughly coat.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and serve with plenty of freshly grated parmesan.
Kosher dairy, Vegetarian


  1. Oh, this looks FANTASTIC! I love pasta and when we lived in Sicily, it was a daily requirement, too! YUM!

  2. Love the creamy sauce! I realized that I haven’t had it for a while. Time for weekly blog Hop!!

  3. I love creamy dreamy sauce….
    Fantastic!!! I have to say I find pasta so comforting and cozy…

  4. what a lovely combination of flavours! I too could eat pasta every night of the week 🙂

  5. Ohhh yum! Growing up I would have pasta everyday… It would be lunch for us, while we would have meat or fish (and veggies) for dinner. I love pasta… well it couldn’t be otherwise! 🙂

    I would have linked half my blog… it was hard to choose! hehehe

    Have a great weekend Katherine! <3

  6. A mushroom cream sauce is the ultimate in comfort food to me. Yours sounds delicious with its nice dose of garlic. Thanks!

  7. Rosemary sounds fantastic in this dish, I’ll have to make this 🙂

  8. I love your mushroom and cream sauce, what could be better than that?

  9. Pasta was on our table quite often growing up, too. Though usually it was just spaghetti. But I loved me some spaghetti 😉 Great choice for a hop this week – I know I’ll want to try everything. And I’ll start with that beautiful mushroom cream sauce. NOM!

  10. Thanks for hosting! Great theme this week! I love pasta and I think I could eat it just about everyday!!

  11. I think that sounds like a perfectly delightful way to grow up – way better than candy every day! I too, LOVE rosemary and this pasta sounds amazing – thanks for a super yummy recipe!

  12. I LOVE a good mushroom sauce, and yours looks great!
    Thank you once again for the invite to link up – as it turns out, I don’t have any shortage of pasta recipes. 😛
    Thanks again for hosting a great hop!

  13. Oh, umm! I love a good, rich, creamy mushroom sauce and this one sounds amazing! Crimini mushrooms are my favorite, and I’m certain they would be a delicious swap.

    Great recipe … thanks!

  14. Hi Katherine!

    I do make the same pasta sauce at times, especialy in the monsoon I made it nearly every week once. Love the button mushrooms with rosemary, they r complimenting each other well. I never tried to add parmesan though, which actualy should be a logical cooking move. I ll surely incorporate it in the future!

  15. Well to be honest, sometimes I cut down on pasta.. But you know it’s not for long, I love pasta, I also grew up with pasta..
    Your recipe is gorgeous, Have a nice weekend Katherine!!

  16. How can I resist a pasta blog hop? Great pairing the mushroom and rosemary!

  17. Sounds fabulous. I do a similar one with a splash of sherry in the sauce at the end.

  18. I love the ingredients earthy mushrooms and cream. I prefer creamier pasta =)

  19. Pasta and noodles lend themselves to so many variations. So even if you have pasta every single night, the dishes could still be radically different. Looking forward to seeing what everyone posts!

  20. Love your blog hob! I tried to add mine, hope it worked, it is more of an Asian pasta, but I made it recently and loved it!

    as to your recipe, mushrooms and cream are a marriage made in heaven!

  21. Thanks for hosting once again, Katherine! Your mushroom cream sauce sounds outstanding.

  22. Oh I do love pasta and its versatility to be topped with so many different sauces, meats, veggies – you name it. Your mushroom and rosemary sauce sounds wonderful and oh SO tasty! Rosemary and mushroom is such a great combination! Have a marvelous weekend and thanks for hosting!

  23. I could never get sick of pasta either…it’s the italian-american in me. :p This rosemary mushroom sauce sounds amazing!

  24. Oh, what a delicious pasta dish! Cream and mushrooms…..mmmmmm….love it!

  25. Simple and comforting! The herb mushroom sauce looks very tasty.

  26. You’ve just sorted my dinner. This looks amazing! I grew up in an Italian household too and you’re totally right. It was pasta EVERY night 🙂

  27. I could never be on a carb-free diet. It would be torture. No pasta, rice or bread would bring out the worst in me. LOL

  28. Jonathan

    I’m a sucker for pasta and I can eat it not only every day, but sometimes multiple times a day (that actually happened a week or so ago). I really shouldn’t be looking at this recipe now as my tummy is already making hungry noises… This kind of sauce I usually prefer with Fettuccine, but really anything goes.

  29. I love this type of pasta, simple yet so flavourful. A very comforting dish to me

  30. An inspired recipe that’s simple and yet full of flavours. I hope to include this a meal this week. Thank you for the new supper idea. 🙂

  31. That cream sauce is definitely something I need to try. Great flavor elements. Glad you shared this one-delicious post!

  32. Yummy i love pasta !!!

  33. To be honest, I’ve never understood the hype of cutting carbs (or any other foods for the matter)… I think as long as you eat everything in moderation you’ll be just fine… and I just couldn’t imagine living without pasta in the first place 🙂 This looks such a lovely recipe: mushrooms and rosemary go so well together!

  34. Oh! That looks wonderful pasta. I love creamy sauce.

  35. complimenti Katherine hai un bellissimo blog!Tornerò spesso a trovarti, buona settimana….

  36. I love spaghetti with mushroom cream sauce. Divine 🙂

  37. As far as I can remember, my Mom didn’t let us have pasta very often saying it isn’t something healthy. But the same rule doesn’t apply to my daughter 🙂 I am sure she is simply going to love this recipe of pasta coz it has her favourite ingredient – mushrooms. She is crazy about them. Thank you so much for sharing.

  38. Nice, simple dish. I love rosemary too – I have some growing on my kitchen windowsill now (when the cold weather comes I always take some from the garden, pot it, and bring it inside). Pasta is great stuff – maybe my favorite food. Thanks for a really nice recipe.

  39. oh, yummmmmmmmm. I actually inhaled a bit when I read mushroom cream sauce. This is my kind of recipe. Gorgeous pics too!

  40. Looks good!
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  41. I have been wanting to make pasta using a similar recipe, it looks so delicious!

  42. I just love simple and tasty pasta.
    Exactly like the Italians make it!


    Take a look at my recipe also, simple but oven baked:

  43. Simple and delicious recipes


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