Last Updated on January 21, 2022
Mushroom Penne Served with Braised Endive
This mushroom penne recipe is super easy and only has a few ingredients. Make it with homemade pasta for a truly unique Italian dinner that will blow your mind.
You can try this simple recipe with a few types of mushrooms, although my personal preference is the button mushrooms you can usually find in any grocery store. But there are a ton of varieties of mushroom, so go ahead and use your favorite, or even mix and match to find a completely new flavor.
- Chef’s knife
- Heavy skillet
- Large stockpot or pasta pot
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Nonstick fry pan
- Wooden spoons
- 1 ½ pounds mushrooms
- 4 Belgian endives
- 1 bunch flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1 lb good quality dried penne
- Bay leaves
- Black pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves
- Sea salt
When you walk in the door
- Fill the pasta pot 2/3 with water, add 2 tbsps. salt and put over high heat
- Get out Pantry Items and Tools
- Assemble the ingredients
- Open the wine and pour yourself a glass
- Trim the ends from the mushrooms. Either rinse them very quickly, or wipe each with a damp paper towel (if they’re very dirty) then thinly slice them.
- Rinse and pat dry the parsley. Pluck 1 cup leaves.
- Separate 10 thyme sprigs.
- Peel the garlic. Leave 2 cloves garlic whole and cut the other 2 cloves lengthwise into thick slices.
- Trim the endives, and discard any damaged leaves, cut them in half, lengthwise.
- Heat 2 tbsps. olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the mushrooms, stir, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring and shaking the pan for about 7 minutes.
- Mince the parsley and the 2 whole garlic cloves together, and cover with a bowl so the flavors don’t escape.
- Put 1 tbsp. olive oil in the nonstick fry pan. Set the endives in the pant, cut side down.
- Strew the endives with 10 thyme sprigs, 2 bay leaves, the 2 cloves garlic that are cut in slices and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
- Pour 3 tbsps. water over the endives and set over medium-high heat. When they begin to sizzle, cover and cook for 7 minutes.
- Put the pasta in the boiling water and cook until it is al dente, 7-12 minutes.
- Check the mushrooms and stir. Add 1 tbsp. oil and the garlic and parsley mixture, stir and shake the pan for about 5 more minutes, until the mushrooms are nice and tender and just slightly golden. Remove them from the heat.
- Check the endives. They should be getting nice and golden on the cut side and tender through. Remove the lid so all the liquid can cook away and the endives can caramelize, which will take 3-4 minutes.
- Set the table, then check the pasta. If it’s al dente, drain it, saving some of the cooking liquid.
- Put the pasta in a large bowl. Add the mushrooms, 1 tbsp. olive oil and 2-3 tbsps. pasta cooking liquid and toss, toss, toss. Taste for seasoning. If the pasta is dry, add additional pasta cooking liquid until it’s the way you like it.
- Arrange the endives on a platter, discarding the herbs. Make sure all the pieces of garlic go on the platter too – they’re delicious!
- Take everything to the table. Don’t forget the wine!