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Easy Mushroom Tagliatelle

January 25, 2023 by Chris Collins

This mushroom tagliatelle is doused in a creamy sauce and couldn’t be more simple to make!

This is one of those recipes for when you need pasta and you need it yesterday. It gives you all the carby comfort you need and is super quick to make. Follow me…

close up shot of creamy mushroom tagliatelle on small white plate with silver fork

Pan-Fried Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a key ingredient in this dish, so it’s important to treat them right. As such, here are a few tips to get you started:

Tips for frying mushrooms

  • Cleaning – Don’t wash them, it’ll add more moisture than there already is. If they’re dirty just use a damp cloth to clean them.
  • Space – When you fry the mushrooms just make sure you space them out as best you can. You don’t want to cram them all in the pan on top of each other because they’ll just steam instead of fry. You want to properly brown each side to bring out the best in their flavour.
  • Seasoning – You’ll of course want to season the mushrooms, but I recommend doing it once they’re fried. Salt draws out moisture, so don’t salt them at the start otherwise they’ll steam.
  • Garlic – Mushrooms and garlic are a match made in heaven!

What kind of mushroom should I use?

Realistically most varieties of mushrooms will work. My personal favourites are baby portobellos or chestnut mushrooms, but button mushrooms or even shiitake mushrooms will do the job.

Process shots: add butter to pan (photo 1), melt (photo 2), add mushrooms and fry (photo 3), flip (photo 4), add garlic (photo 5), fry (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to pan fry mushrooms

Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle

Once the mushrooms are golden, the next thing you’ll want to do is go in with some chicken stock. This will not only help create the sauce, but it also adds a mellow background flavour too. As you reduce the stock there will be a flavour exchange with the mushrooms which offers some depth of flavour to the dish.

Cream Cheese Mushroom Pasta

Okay, stick with me here. Yes, we’re using cream cheese for the sauce, and yes, it totally makes sense. The ‘cheese’ aspect actually mellows out a fair bit by the time everything has mixed together and the pasta has been tossed in. What you’re left with is a nice creamy, thick sauce which is so delicious. No simmering needed, which makes using cream cheese the perfect quick fix.

Starchy Pasta Water

The sauce will be fairly thick before you add the pasta. As such, you’ll want to toss in a splash of the water the pasta is cooked in. This will not only help thin out the sauce, but the excess starch will help bind the fats to create a smooth & glossy sauce.

Process shots: simmer stock (photo 1), add cream cheese (photo 2), stir in thyme (photo 3), toss in pasta and parmesan (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make mushroom tagliatelle

Mushroom Tagliatelle FAQ

What kind of parmesan should I use?

I always recommend freshly grated parmesan for sauces. The packet stuff doesn’t melt particularly well!

Can I use a different pasta to tagliatelle?

Yep! Anything like fettuccine or linguine will work just the same. In general though I recommend a long-cut pasta, just to allow the thick creamy sauce to wrap itself around the pasta!

Can I use a different herb?

Thyme compliments mushrooms so beautifully and works really well in a creamy pasta. I have made this recipe with tarragon before which works nicely. It does have a much more unique flavour though so only sub tarragon if you know you like it. If you’re after a more subtle herb then use parsley.

close up shot of tagliatelle with mushrooms in skillet

Serving Mushroom Tagliatelle

Once you’ve tossed through the tagliatelle you’ll want to check for seasoning then serve it up right away! The sauce will thicken fairly quickly.

For more mushroom pasta recipes check out my Creamy Mushroom Pasta, Tomato Mushroom Pasta and Chicken & Mushroom Pasta!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this mushroom tagliatelle recipe shall we?!

overhead shot of mushroom tagliatelle on small white plate with silver fork

How to make Mushroom Tagliatelle (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of mushroom tagliatelle on small white plate with silver fork

Easy Mushroom Tagliatelle

This mushroom tagliatelle is doused in a creamy sauce and couldn't be more simple to make!
5 from 2 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories per serving: 670kcal
Cost per serving: £3.50 / $4


  • Large Pot & Tongs (for pasta)
  • Large Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Jug (for stock)
  • Fine Cheese Grater (for parmesan)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 7oz / 200g Tagliatelle
  • 7oz / 200g Mushrooms of choice, sliced (see notes)
  • 3.5oz / 100g full fat Cream Cheese, take out the fridge 15mins or so before needed
  • 1/2 cup / 120ml Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup / 20g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp finely diced Fresh Thyme (see notes)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, as needed


  • In a large pan over medium heat melt 2 tbsp butter. Add in the mushrooms and toss in the butter. Spread them out as best you can so all the slices have contact with the pan and leave to fry until golden on the bottom.
  • At this point pop the pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Don't drain the water.
  • Flip the mushrooms and leave to fry until golden on the other side, then season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Move to the outside of the pan and add in the garlic. Fry for a minute or so until it just begins to pick up colour, then pour in the chicken stock. Leave to simmer until it reduces by around half.
  • Turn the heat to low and add in the cream cheese. Stir until it fully blends, then stir in the thyme. Transfer the cooked pasta straight from the pot to the pan and toss to combine. Sprinkle in parmesan and continue tossing until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta. Toss in some of the leftover pasta water to thin out the sauce as needed. If you go overboard just continue tossing over low heat until the sauce re-thickens.
  • Check for seasoning and adjust if needed, then serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Tagliatelle - This can be subbed with other long-cut pasta such as fettuccine or linguine. In all cases it is 7oz/200g dried pasta, not fresh.
b) Mushrooms - Most varieties will work here. My favourites are usually chestnut mushrooms or baby portobellos. In all cases try not to cram them all in the pan on top of each other because they'll just steam and go soggy. You want to brown each side to bring out the best in their flavour. 
c) Thyme - This offers a mellow background flavour. Thyme is quite a strong herb so don't go overboard (I find 1/2 tsp works just fine). I have made this recipe with tarragon before which works nicely at 1/2 tsp too. It does have a much more unique flavour though so only sub tarragon if you know you like it. If you're after a more subtle herb then use parsley (can use up to 2 tsp of this). In all cases make sure you're using fresh herbs.
d) Pasta Water - This is a key ingredient to help create a glossy/creamy sauce. The starch helps emulsify the fats. Just make sure it's well seasoned otherwise you'll dilute the flavour of the sauce.
e) Calories - Whole recipe divided by 2.

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Mushroom Tagliatelle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 670 Calories from Fat 278
% Daily Value*
Fat 30.86g47%
Saturated Fat 18.31g92%
Trans Fat 0.465g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.095g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.401g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 689mg20%
Carbohydrates 85.03g28%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 3.83g4%
Protein 18.1g36%
Vitamin A 1131IU23%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 177mg18%
Iron 2.16mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Miska Knezevic
    September 27, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 28, 2023 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Miska! C.

  • Reply
    Kath Cornish from Aus
    January 29, 2023 at 1:57 am

    5 stars
    This was a winner in our house , sauce was full of flavour
    In addition to the mushrooms I added some bacon and topped the dish with a few panfried green prawns I had marinated in garlic

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 29, 2023 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Kath! Love the additions! C.