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In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Monday – Linguine with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms

on January 28, 2013

I don’t belong to a CSA but my sort of equivalent is shopping at Sam’s Club, when I buy a big container of mushrooms or bag of avocados, for just the two of us.  I also inherited some beautiful lemons from my sister-in-law.  This week, my mission is to cook recipes that use mushrooms, lemon, cilantro and avocado.

Tonight’s dinner was linguine with lemon, garlic and thyme mushrooms, from a Nigella Lawson recipe.  I made a few changes, like using thick spaghetti, using more mushrooms and sauteing them a little.  I read online suggestions of letting the mushrooms marinate, so after the mushrooms were sauteed, I put them into the lemon juice and olive oil mixture.  I also threw in a few raw sliced mushrooms to see what difference it would make (raw vs. cooked).

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Mushrooms marinating while pasta is cooking.

The rest is simple, mix the pasta with the mushroom mixture, add grated parmesan cheese and parsley.  I don’t like parsley, and used some chopped arugula instead.  How can you go wrong with mushrooms, garlic, pasta and cheese!  I liked the cooked mushroom flavor, I think it would have been blander with all raw.  The lemon and thyme added a nice acidity.  (I hate it when the chefs say “it needs more acid” on the cheffy shows, it sounds snobby!)  We had salad and focaccia along with the pasta for a tasty Meatless Monday dinner.

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The recipe says to mix everything in a bowl but I used the pan since it was already dirty from cooking the mushrooms.

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