Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Use it Up Dinner: Boursin-Mushroom-Basil Pasta

The past three weeks I have received a little paper sack with a clump or two of oyster mushrooms (at least I am assuming they are oyster mushrooms, please correct me if I am wrong!) in my CSA box. They aren't that pretty but they taste really good!

The first week, I messed up and forgot them (mushroom mush I am afraid!), the next week they ended up on my Bison-Boursin Burgers (still dreaming of those) and finally I had to decide what to do with the ones I got last Thursday. With Boursin on my mind and in my cheese drawer (1/2 a package of the black pepper flavor), I decided to combine it with the mushrooms again: this time making a creamy, peppery, decadent pasta sauce to go over some Capellini pasta (long and narrow but thicker than Angel Hair). The little bag of basil that is a regular in my CSA box was perfect scattered on top. This isn't a "recipe' as much as my "throw it together" steps. Even if you don't have Boursin or oyster mushrooms leftover, you could use any soft, crumbly, melty cheese and any mushroom and get a similar effect.

Boursin-Mushroom-Basil Pasta
serves 2 (or 1 hungry, very bad girl)

1 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped (oyster or your favorite mushroom)
1/2 package (about 3 oz) Boursin cheese (black pepper flavor preferred)
2 Tbsp cream (half & half or milk will work too)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped coarsely
About 4 oz dried, thin, long pasta (capellini, fettuccine or angel hair)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile melt butter in a small sauce pan and saute mushrooms about 3 minutes until softened over medium heat. Add crumbled Boursin to pan along with 2 Tbsp cream and stir lightly until Boursin is melted and a sauce is formed. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Place pasta in a small serving bowl, top with the mushrooms and sauce and scatter the top with chopped basil. Enjoy!

Fast, easy and delicious. I'd like to tell you I ate one petite serving with a nice green salad but truth be told it was so good that I ate both servings...out of the serving bowl...no salad greens in sight...sitting on the couch... (Bad Deb! Bad Deb!)


  1. Glad you were able to use up what you had. This looks really good.

  2. Deb, these mushrooms are beautiful. I've never seen those before. I'm sure they made a delicious sauce for your pasta. I want to live in Hawaii and find cool stuff like your mushrooms. You can't find those here in El Paso

  3. Kat--I just hate to waste stuff but I would buy the stuff just to make this.

    Teresa--but you have great Mexican Food there and thats hard to get here!

  4. Mmmm, cheesy mushroomy pasta goodness. I am of the bad-girl eat lots of pasta set too. Go carbs!

  5. That looks delicious and a wonderful use of only 6 ingredients. Mushrooms and cheese and pasta? I think I want this for my last meal before I die.

  6. This looks really delicious! I wish we had a CSA here.

  7. Oh Deb, that looks so delicious! I'm so jealous of your fresh basil and neat mushrooms in your CSA box! I wish I could find a CSA around here, sounds like so much fun to get a surprise box of fruits and veggies once a week. A pasta looking that delicious would make me a bad girl and go for two servings as well :)

  8. Natashya--they say they are the feel good food1 ;-)

    Prudy--yep, you can't argue with the ingredients1

    Candy & Andrea--sometimes I get bored with it but we are lucky to have one at least! And it is nice to get something different like the mushrooms now and then!


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