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Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Mushroom, Ham, and Cream Sauce

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This pasta dish was a big hit for dinner tonight. My husband even had a big bowl and repeatedly commenting on how good it was. In between his grunts and lip smacks, I was tempted to remind him he did not like mushrooms. I kept quite. I’m glad delicious food is forcing him out of his box.

This is easy to make. I loved it. What’s not to love with sautéed cremini mushrooms, ham, cream, and parmigiano-reggiano cheese? Homemade fettuccine was the suggested pasta. So I made a batch of each “straw and hay”, yellow and green fettuccine. I made my fresh pasta right before I cooked the sauce. If you make it ahead and dry your fresh pasta you could save even more time. Prep to plate in 15 minutes.


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Yellow and Green Fettuccine


The sauce is very flavorful. It’s rich and creamy but not heavy. The ham adds nice texture. The two colors of pasta are a feast for the eyes. This is a great dish to make when you have company over. You’ll get rave reviews with little effort.


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©2010 Irene D. Ericson

Comments (4)

Marcella Hazan:

What people think they won't eat has rarely anything to do with taste. It's in the head. As I have already posted elsewhere, the situation reminds me of my friend Luciano Vistosi in Venice, who had a full bowl of pasta not knowing it was sauced with onions, which he would never eat. After he learned what the sauce consisted of, he had two more servings.

This sauce you've made with mushrooms is one of several combinations with cream, ham, butter, and parmigiano. Another is with asparagus, and yet another with English peas, which can be a great hit if the peas are very young and very fresh.

That is a very nice texture you've got there, Irene, very appetizing. Nice job!

Okay Irene, I am drooling upon my iPad!

Hi,
I'm waiting for my book top arrive. I would like to offer some alternatives to some recipes using rice pasta so that folks who allergic to wheat may enjoy them too. I cook wheat free for my significent other who is allergic to wheat only. She is not allergic to gluten in any form.

Irene--I'm going to make this one for sure!
Glad Steve enjoyed it. We need to look ahead and see if there are some future assignments we can do together and turn it int a dinner party for the four of us.

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