20 Minute Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti Dinner

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When you're looking for family friendly meal ideas, there's hardly anything better than pasta for dinner. An easy, hearty pasta dinner that's bursting with flavours of garlic and Pecorino Romano cheese is the perfect recipe to make for any occasion. This easy dinner idea would even be great as a main course for a dinner gathering or when you have friends or family visiting from out of town. Instead of meat, this recipe uses mushrooms which are a perfect substitution for meat because they have a meaty texture and they absorb flavour much like meat does. These mushrooms in the recipe are sautéed with not just olive oil but plenty of butter, and tons of garlic to create a wonderfully simple yet rich sauce for the spaghetti noodles. Pecorino Romano cheese is used instead of Parmesan cheese in this recipe for it's salty and rich flavour which brings even more richness to the recipe. The other great thing about this easy dinner idea is that it comes together in just 15 minutes or so giving you time to relax with your family or the company you have over. Sheela Prakash shares this recipe with us through The Kitchn which is a wonderful source for family friendly meal ideas and easy dinner ideas. The nice thing about the recipe from The Kitchn is that they are very sophisticated in their flavours and taste like meals you'd enjoy in a restaurant.

Sheela talks about umami which is the rich and savoury flavour this dish will have. It's easy to find unami in meat recipes, but it can be harder to create in vegetable-based dishes, although not impossible. That's why mushrooms are such a great choice for this recipe as well as the butter and cheese since they all have unami. Together, they create the perfect unison of flavour which will completely satisfy your taste buds. This recipe serves about 4 to 6 people depending on the sizes of the servings, so if you need to feed more people then make sure you make more and double this recipe. You will need a pound of spaghetti noodles and use the dry noodles for this recipe. You can also use gluten-free pasta for this recipe, and there are a variety of different gluten-free kinds of pasta out there like quinoa and brown rice pasta. There are even lentil pastas now and all of these types of gluten-free pasta taste just as good as the real wheat-based pasta, but it's safe for gluten-intolerant or gluten sensitive people. You'll also need some unsalted butter, olive oil, cremini mushrooms, salt, pepper, six cloves of garlic, grated Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves.

Whenever you're using mushrooms in a recipe, it's always important to clean them before you add them into the recipe. Sometimes mushrooms will still have traces of dirt left on them when you bring them home. Just don't soak your mushrooms in water, simply rinse them under your tap. If you soak them in water, they have the chance of losing their flavour since they soak up too much water. It could also mean that all of that water could release when you cook them which would make your recipe too watery. If you happen to have any leftovers of this recipe, you can store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat pasta the best way to do so is to heat it in a pan on the stove top or in the oven at 350. Enjoy this awesome recipe and see how much your family will love it.***

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