Creamy Pasta with Chanterelle Mushrooms

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This creamy pasta with chanterelle mushrooms is the perfect meal as the days get cooler. The decadent flavor of the chanterelles and smooth sauce make this the perfect dinner to impress this weekend!

Chanterelles have a short season when you can get them fresh, which is right now! Take advantage of this and incorporate your fresh chanterelles into your meal to take your next date night dinner to the next level! I made this meal for Julian the other weekend and we both loved it! The chanterelle mushroom sauce was a real treat - they really are the key to this delicious recipe.

What Are Chanterelle Mushrooms?

Chanterelles are wild mushrooms that are rare and hard to find. They are known for their distinct yellow-orange color. These golden beauties have a peppery flavor that is unparalleled by any other mushrooms. This is my favorite mushroom to cook with. Chanterelles are delicious as a side dish, but I think they really shine as the main ingredient in a meal like this.

This type of mushrooms is rare and can be difficult to find. However, they are so delicious they are more than worth the extra cost!

chanterelle mushroom pasta on black plate
chanterelle pasta on plate

What Do I Need to Make This Chanterelle Mushroom Pasta?

While the full ingredient checklist is available below, here is a list of the key items you will need to make this chanterelle pasta.

  • Salted butter
  • Shallots
  • Fresh thyme
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh Chanterelle mushrooms
  • Heavy cream
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Fettucine, tagliatelle, or your favorite pasta noodle
This is one of my favorite easy recipes because of the amazing taste from the chanterelles. It is a real treat for your taste buds! While it is impressive enough of a meal to serve for company, it is also quick and easy enough for a weeknight meal.  
Creamy chanterelle pasta in skillet
creamy chanterelle mushroom pasta in skillet

How To Make the Best Creamy Pasta with Chanterelle Mushrooms

While the full recipe instructions are available in the recipe card below, here are some tips to make the best pasta with golden chanterelles.

  • First, we need to prepare our chanterelles for cooking. Since fresh mushrooms typically come to the farmers market straight from being harvested, we will need to clean them. Using paper towels, rinse the chanterelles under cold water and wipe any dirt off of the mushrooms. For the best result, set them aside on a plate to dry completely before cooking them.
  • Now, let's get cooking! Heat a large pot of water and add a generous amount of sea salt to the water. While we wait for the water to boil, let's start the chanterelle sauce! Heat a large skillet over low to medium heat. Melt about four tablespoons butter and add the shallots, thyme, and garlic. Stir often, cooking slowly until the shallots are softened and garlic is fragrant. Now add your chanterelle mushrooms! Cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms start to turn golden brown.
  • Next, we will add the heavy cream and parmesan to the large pan with golden mushrooms. Stir often and manage the heat on the pan so the sauce does not bubble too much. As we wait for the sauce to reduce, add your pasta to the boiling water. Cook tagliatelle or other noodles until just before al dente. Using tongs, remove the pasta from the pot of boiling water and add to the skillet with the pasta sauce. Allow some of the pasta water to come with the pasta into the pan. The pasta will finish cooking in the pan with the sauce. If needed, add a little bit more pasta water to the pan to get the sauce to go silky smooth.
  • Once your pasta has finished cooking, it is time to enjoy! Serve topped with fresh parsley or more thyme, shredded parmesan, and freshly cracked pepper. I find this garlicky chanterelle mushroom pasta will be accompanied perfectly either with white wine or red wine. This will serve four as a main or about six as a side dish.
chanterelle mushroom pasta on plate
creamy chanterelle pasta

Variations on This Pasta Dish

While the ingredients list on this traditional Italian pasta dish is small, the wild chanterelles pack a lot of flavor! If you are looking to add or enhance these flavors, here are a few ingredients you can add.

  • Fresh lemon juice or lemon zest
  • Italian sausage
  • Seared chicken thighs
  • Crispy Parma prosciutto
  • A teaspoon oregano
  • Top with some truffle oil
chanterelle mushroom pasta on plates
creamy chanterelle pasta

Other Pasta Dishes You Will Love

Here are some other delicious pastas that have so much flavor, they will be among your favorite recipes too!

Creamy Pasta with Chanterelle Mushrooms

This creamy pasta with chanterelle mushrooms is the perfect meal as the days get cooler. The decadent flavor of the chanterelles and smooth sauce make this the perfect dinner to impress this weekend!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 2-3 cups fresh chanterelle mushrooms
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 package fettucine noodles (or your favorite type of noodle)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot of generously salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. While you wait for the water to boil, heat a large non-stick skillet on medium-low heat and melt the butter. Add shallots, thyme, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until shallots have softened and garlic is fragrant - approximately 2-3 minutes. Add chanterelle mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have softened and start turning golden brown, approximately 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add cream and parmesan to the the skillet and stir often to reduce. While the cream is reducing, add pasta to the boiling water and cook to just before al dente. Transfer the pasta to the skillet and stir it into the sauce, allowing the pasta to finish cooking in the sauce. Add some pasta water to the skillet to create a smooth and silky cream sauce.
  3. Once the pasta has finished cooking in the sauce, top with parsley, more fresh thyme, or shredded parmesan and enjoy!

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