Mushroom Fusilli with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Mushroom Fusilli with Garlic Breadcrumbs
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 box (16 oz.) fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 container ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 cup (2 oz.) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package (10 oz.) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 1 cup heavy cream


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot and stir in the ricotta, adding the reserved cooking water to thin the consistency as desired.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat; add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring often, until golden-brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat and stir in half of the parsley; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out the skillet.

In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, undisturbed for the first few minutes, until they have released all their liquid and are golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the cream. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Toss the pasta mixture with the mushroom cream sauce; stir in the remaining parsley. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs before serving.