Pasta with Wild Mushrooms, Artichokes, and Parmesan

Creamy and earthy, this side dish could be a satisfying entrée anytime. Round it out with a salad and crusty bread. Prep: 30 minutes; Cook: 28 minutes.

Yield:

Makes 8 servings

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Ingredients

2 pounds assorted wild mushrooms, such as chanterelle, shiitake, and porcini, cleaned and trimmed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 artichokes, stems removed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, smashed
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 pound dried egg pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

1. Separate mushrooms into bite-size pieces with your fingers. (Do not chop.) Set aside.

2. Fill a large bowl partially with water, and stir in lemon juice. Remove bottom and tough outer leaves of artichokes. Separate leaves gently to reach center, snip around fuzzy thistle (choke), and remove with a spoon. Trim spines off outer leaves, if desired. Cut into quarters, and place in bowl.

3. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onion, and cook 5 minutes; add garlic, and cook 5 minutes more or until onion is tender. Drain artichokes. Add mushrooms and artichokes to pan, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook about 10 minutes or until artichokes are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Place cooked pasta in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add mushroom mixture and cream; cook until thoroughly heated and slightly thickened. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve.

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Jonathan Waxman,

November 2007