This mushroom asparagus mascarpone pasta was a big hit in our house. Dijon and mascarpone perfectly balance each other and melt into tangy, savory, saucy goodness. The mushrooms add a meaty texture while the asparagus adds a bright crisp crunch. Make mouths water with this filling vegetarian dish that is brimming flavor.
Mushroom Asparagus Mascarpone Pasta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup country dijon or dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons safflower oil
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms, stems removed, quartered
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (chardonay works well)
- 3/4 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 1 1/2 cups asparagus, 1″ bias cut, tops reserved
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced
- 1/2 cup prosciutto, sliced into ribbons, divided (optional if making vegetarian)
- 1 lb fusilli or rotini pasta, cooked
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for the table
- Stir together mascarpone and dijon mustard in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
- Deglaze pan with white wine and simmer until liquid reduces to nearly dry (a.k.a. au sec). Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce by about half. Add 1 cup of asparagus, stems only. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Turn heat down to low and add the mascarpone mustard mixture, oregano, and parsley. Allow mixture to melt and combine with stock for another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Stir in 1/2 cup asparagus tops and half of the prosciutto and parmesan. Cook about 3 more minutes or until asparagus are just tender.
- Combine pasta and sauce in a large, serving bowl. Serve family style at the table with remaining prosciutto and parmesan for garnish and a fresh salad or crunchy baguette on the side.
Note: Sliced prosciutto can usually be found in the deli section of your grocery store. You may find it in the deli case. Ask for it to be sliced as thinly as possible.