This is a favourite simple supper of mine. You could leave out the sausages and/or throw in some crème fraiche and parsley if you like – it’s really a fairly flexible feast. But I generally have a real thing for pasta, especially in the colder, wetter months. When working late and I cannot be bothered to do a big cook, this is perfect.
This feeds two, but could easily be halved.
200g mushrooms (see below)
2 cloves of garlic
150-200g fettuccini (depending on how hungry you are)
I’ve used some speciality mushrooms here, just because Sainsbury’s had them in when I was shopping. You can use anything really, but I recommend portabello if there’s nothing particularly exotic about.
It’s probably a good idea to get your pasta water on from the word go. The dish doesn’t take long to make, and you want everything to be ready at once.
Start by prepping the mushrooms – you want them sliced / separated into ribbons. How you do this will really turn on what mushrooms you’ve bought.
Next up, get a big frying pan on the heat and glug in a bit of olive oil. Squeeze the sausage meet out of the sausages, discarding the skins, and fry the sausage meet in little chunks, breaking it up as it cooks.
You want to end up with slightly browned, crispy and fully cooked little chunks.
When done, remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving as much of the rendered fat behind as possible.
You probably want to get the pasta in the pot now, so that’s ready when your mushrooms are.
Add half the butter to the pan and get your mushrooms cooking, so that they soften and begin to brown. You may need to add a bit more oil, as mushrooms can really soak the fat up, but don’t overdo it.
When the mushrooms are soft, peel and crack the garlic cloves and add to the pan. Don’t do this sooner or else the garlic will burn (as it cooks quicker than the mushrooms) and leave a nasty, bitter taste. Add the rest of the butter with the garlic and reintroduce the sausages.
Cook for 5 minutes, but don’t let the mushrooms get too crispy. Drain the pasta and throw it into the pan with the mushrooms and sausage mix. Using tongs, mix the two together so that they are fully combined, then serve up, covered in grated parmesan.