15 October 2012

Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms & Datterini Tomatoes with Truffle Oil

There it goes!  The thermometer says 19 degrees Celcius today and I am feeling the first few quivers of the autumn cold.  Summer is still trapped in my closet.  It's that part of the season when it's too early to pack up the summer stuff and take out the autumn clothes.  I surrender my open shoes for warmer ones though.  I had popsicle toes the other night when I grabbed the warmest looking high heeled summer shoes I have.  I guess I was wrong.  

These past days had me thinking of a good plate of pasta with funghi porcini (porcini mushrooms).  This craving came at such a perfect time because I had been deliberating on what recipe to concoct for Suzanne's blog, You Made That? after she invited me to guest post in her wonderful food blog.  It is my very first time to guest post and I found myself in the dark about how to go about it.  After a bit of reading here and there, I finally got the grasp of how it works.  Give me a pat on the back if you think that I am going the right track.  Thanks!

Suzanne and I met virtually through other food blogger friends not long ago and I was glad for that because  I found a nice and talented person behind the blog You Made That?   In fact, as soon as I scanned her recipes, I tried her Honey Lime Ginger Chicken Thighs that instantly became a hit with my kids.  If you check out her blog, finding recipes to try will be baffling task because there are too many good ones compiled in one place.  Don't say that I didn't warn you! 

Here is a simple and quick (you will just have to soak the mushrooms overnight if you are using dried ones) weeknight pasta recipe.  It tastes great, it's simple to compose and fast to cook.   

I hope you enjoy this one like we do!   Buon appetito!   

Scroll down for the recipe or click on this link to take you to You Made That? where you can also get the recipe.  Thanks!

Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms & Datterini Tomatoes with Truffle Oil

Serves 4
  • 100 grams porcini mushrooms (dried or fresh)
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 100 grams datterini tomatoes, quartered (or cherry tomatoes) 
  • 1/2 cup white wine 
  • Salt  
  • Pepper
  • 350 – 400 grams pasta (The pasta I used is called gemelli.)
  • White truffle oil
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan, grated
  1. If using dried porcini, soak them in a container with water overnight. Drain the mushrooms and squeeze out the excess liquid. Save the water where they were soaked.
  2. If using fresh porcini, take away the dirt with a brush, with a damp cloth or under the tap quickly. Fill up a saucepan with water then add the porcini. Bring to a boil then transfer the porcini in a bowl. save the water where they were boiled.
  3. In another saucepan, boil some water to cook the pasta.
  4. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. Over medium heat, in a big saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic and onions until golden then discard the garlic.
  5. Add the tomatoes then cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the porcini then cook for another 3 minutes
  7. Pour the wine then put up the heat to high. Cook for another 5 minutes then lower the heat to medium.
  8. Add some of the water where you soaked or boiled the porcini.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Turn off the fire when the sauce has thickened up a bit. Cover.
  11. When the water for cooking the pasta has boiled, add some salt then add the pasta. Cook following the number of minutes indicated in the package.
  12. Turn on the heat again where you are cooking the sauce then transfer the pasta to the saucepan of the sauce. Mix well then sprinkle with the parsley and Parmesan. Drizzle with the truffle oil.
  13. Serve hot.


  1. Love it! I'm going to check out Suzanne's blog for the recipe.. :)

  2. It started to rain on the last day we were in Italy so we were very lucky with the weather. That has been a big drop in temperature since we were enjoying 25-26°C. I must pop over and check out this recipe on my namesake's blog.

    1. It's good to know that you got the best weather while you were here. Thanks Suzanne!

  3. I love all your pasta recipes. I eat pasta a lot and your recipes have been very inspiring. Keep them coming! Thank you from Jonah xo

  4. Love the recipe even tho' porcini not the easiest mushroom to access in rural Oz: methinks shiitake would 'do'?! And, Suzanne: here it's 30 degrees C!! Isn't it glorious :) !

    1. I really don't know if shitake would go well with cheese? I always associate them with Asian flavors. Chanterelle would be a good replacement.

    2. Oops, you are so right!! Wasn't looking at the cheese component :) But, of course, we do not have chanterelles either :D !

  5. I just popped over to say hello. Loved the recipe. I will add you to my list of blogger friends so I will be back. Please stop by my blog to say hello.

    1. Thanks for passing by Vicki. Adding me to your blog roll would be an honor. Thank you! I will definitely pass by your place later.

  6. Beautiful!

    Fall is certainly with us here in New England - the nights and days are becoming quite chilly!

  7. I saw this post at Suzanne's (it was nice to see you there!) and remember really wanting to taste it. This is the kind of dish I can eat everyday and not tire of. Lovely!

    1. Thanks Jean! It had been wonderful experiencing guest posting for the first time and it was even at Suzanne's! I loved it!


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