This fettuccine dish pairs the earthy flavour of mushroom and truffle with an easy creamy sauce. The side salad balances the richness of the pasta with peppery rocket, sweet pear and sharp Parmesan.
baby spinach leaves
shaved Parmesan cheese(ContainsMilk)
Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to the boil. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Roughly chop the baby spinach leaves. Roughly chop the parsley. Thinly slice the pear.
Add the fettuccine to the saucepan of boiling water and cook until ‘al dente’, 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking water, then return the pasta to the pan. Drizzle with olive oil to prevent sticking. TIP: 'Al dente' means the pasta is cooked through but still has a bit of firmness in the middle.
While the pasta is cooking, in a large frying pan, heat the butter and a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 5-6 minutes. TIP: Cooking the mushrooms this way brings out their flavour. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the light cooking cream to the frying pan. Crumble in the vegetable stock (1 cube for 2 people / 2 cubes for 4 people) and stir to combine. Simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped baby spinach, drained fettuccine and a splash of the reserved cooking water and toss to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and add the parsley (reserve some for garnish) and a splash more cooking water if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey and olive oil (2 tsp for 2 people / 1 tbs for 4 people). Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Add the sliced pear and rocket leaves and toss to coat.
Divide the creamy mushroom fettuccine between bowls. Drizzle with some truffle oil, to taste. TIP: Truffle has a strong flavour, if you're not a fan, serve the pasta without it. Serve the rocket and pear salad on the side. Sprinkle the shaved Parmesan cheese over the pasta and salad. Sprinkle the pasta with the reserved parsley.