One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine

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One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine boasts a harmonious blend of earthy, umami-rich flavors from the mushrooms, perfectly complemented by the creamy, garlic-infused sauce that’s delicately seasoned with Italian herbs. This sumptuous dish strikes a delightful balance between the hearty texture of the linguine and the smooth, rich sauce, creating a comforting and indulgent taste experience.

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Creamy Tuscan Linguine

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine is a luxurious yet remarkably simple dish, perfect for those who love rich, comforting flavors. The dish centers around the earthy depth of mushrooms, combined with the creamy, garlicky sauce reminiscent of the Tuscan culinary style. The beauty of this recipe lies in its one-pot approach, making it a fuss-free option for busy weeknights or impromptu dinner parties. As the linguine cooks, it absorbs the flavors of the sauce, ensuring every bite is infused with the deliciously creamy and herby notes. The mushrooms, sautéed to golden perfection, add a meaty texture and umami depth to the dish, while a blend of Italian herbs like oregano and basil infuses a subtle warmth and aroma.

The creaminess of the dish comes from a blend of heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, creating a silky, rich sauce that coats the linguine beautifully. This dish isn’t just about taste; it’s also a visual treat, with the creamy pasta contrasted by the earthy tones of the mushrooms and the vibrant green of freshly chopped spinach or parsley added towards the end. The final touch, a squeeze of lemon juice, cuts through the richness and brings a welcome zing, elevating the flavors to new heights. Ideal for both vegetarian palates and those simply seeking a hearty, comforting meal, One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine serves as a testament to the wonders of Italian cuisine, where simplicity meets elegance, and every ingredient plays a crucial role in creating a symphony of flavors.

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How to Make Easy Pasta Dish

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup garlic, diced
  • 8 oz shiitake or cremini mushrooms, sliced, stems removed
  • 1 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tsp italian herbs
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 8 oz neufchatel cheese
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb fresh pasta

Use this Method:

Saute Vegetables. In a large, heavy pan, heat olive oil on medium high until shimmery. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and sautee until soft and fragrant and slightly browned – about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Season. Season vegetables with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs and continue to cook until tomatoes start to pop and vegetables are browned and soft, about 4 minutes more. Add lemon juice and stir – scrape any browned bits from bottom of pan. Stir in neufchatel cheese and melt. Turn off heat.

Add remaining Dairy. With a whisk, stir in half and half and parmesan cheese to pan, whisking vigorously. Return heat to pan and add in pasta and lemon wedges. Toss pasta and continue to cook over high heat until pasta is soft (about 3 minutes) and coated evenly.

Add Pasta and Finish. When pasta is al dente, plate and top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately! 

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Healthy Pasta Dinner Ideas

No matter your diet, you can enjoy a fabulously rich and delicious pasta dinner! The following ingredient swaps will help you make this one pot creamy mushroom pasta that fits into any healthy eating plan:

  • Swap Neufchatel for cream cheese
    • One package of cream cheese has about 800 calories, 72 grams of fat (48 are saturated), & 240 mg of cholesterol. Neufchatel cheese has 560 calories, 48 grams of fat (32 are saturated), & 160 mg of cholesterol.
  • Use half and half instead of heavy cream
    • Half and half has less calories than heavy cream – and less fat – but more carbs. If you’re watching calories and fat, opt for half and half. If you’re watching carbs, go for heavy cream.
  • Add a healthy protein.
    • Grilled chicken, steak, seafood (salmon and shrimp), or even tofu are a fabulous addition to this easy one pot pasta.
  • Swap Zucchini Noodles ( Zoodles ) for Pasta
    • Zoodles (spiralized zucchini noodles) are an excellent low carb and low calorie swap for pasta – and are delicious in this recipe! Simply spiralize two zucchinis and add to dish when you would add fresh (not dry) pasta. Cook to slightly softened and serve!
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Tips and Tricks for Perfect One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine

  • Caramelize onions and mushrooms.
    • To bring out the most flavor from this dish, let the onions brown and soften fully before adding pasta or cream to the dish. This develops the rich meaty flavor that makes this one pot pasta dinner so unforgettable!
  • Prevent Cream Sauce from Breaking.
    • Turn stove off when adding heat into dish and whisk vigorously – this will help prevent your sauce from breaking. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep a cream sauce from separating, this tip is perfect!
  • Use fresh pasta.
    • I prefer using fresh pasta (not dried – the kind you get in your grocer’s chilled deli case instead of the dried pasta in boxes) – it cooks faster and soaks up sauce perfectly!
  • Don’t overcook pasta or zoodles.
    • If using zoodles or with regular pasta, a little bit of bite to the noodles tastes the best – don’t overcook them and let them turn to mush!
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What to Enjoy with This Pasta dish

Starters:

  1. Italian Bread: A crusty Italian bread or garlic bread, perfect for dipping into the creamy sauce.
  2. Bruschetta: Fresh tomato and basil bruschetta as a light, refreshing starter.
  3. Caprese Salad: A simple salad of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Side Dishes:

  1. Green Salad: A crisp green salad with a light vinaigrette to balance the richness of the pasta.
  2. Roasted Vegetables: Roasted asparagus, bell peppers, or zucchini for a healthy, flavorful side.
  3. Grilled Artichokes: Artichokes grilled with a touch of lemon and garlic.

Proteins (for non-vegetarian options):

  1. Grilled Chicken or Shrimp: Lightly seasoned and grilled, these proteins make a hearty addition to the meal.
  2. Italian Sausages: Grilled or pan-fried Italian sausages can add a spicy kick.

Beverages:

  1. White Wine: A glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio pairs well with the creamy sauce.
  2. Sparkling Water: A refreshing choice to cleanse the palate.
  3. Italian Soda: For a non-alcoholic and fun beverage option.

Desserts:

  1. Tiramisu: A classic Italian dessert that complements the creamy pasta.
  2. Gelato: A scoop of lemon or raspberry gelato to end the meal on a light note.
  3. Panna Cotta: A smooth, creamy dessert that pairs well with the richness of the linguine.

If you love this easy delicious pasta, please check out some of my favorite recipes for delicious heart pasta dinners: Vegan AntiPasti Pasta Salad, 20 Minute Garlic Butter Chicken and Mushroom Pasta, Cheesy Taco Pasta Bake, 15 Minute Drunken Mussels Pasta, Spicy Tequila Lime Chicken Fettuccine, One Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta, One Pot Garden Alfredo Pasta Skillet, and One Pot Beef Ravioli Stroganoff Skillet.

If You Love This One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine Recipe, check out some of my other favorite creamy one pot dinners: One Pot Creamy Shrimp Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles Recipe, One Pan Creamy Italian Lemon Chicken Mushroom and Asparagus Skillet, Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Mushrooms, One Pot Creamy Lemon Salmon Florentine, One Pot Creamy Shrimp Florentine Skillet, and Creamy Pepperoncini Chicken Tender Skillet.

Try these other pasta recipes:

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One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine Recipe

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Mushroom Linguine Recipe is a lightened up comfort food classic bursting with fresh flavors and tons of rich and creamy deliciousness! Perfect easy restaurant quality pasta dinner in less than 20 minutes. 
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian/American
Keyword linguine, main dish, one pot, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 364kcal
Author Courtney ODell

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large, heavy pan, heat olive oil on medium high until shimmery. 
  • Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and sautee until soft and fragrant and slightly browned – about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Season vegetables with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs and continue to cook until tomatoes start to pop and vegetables are browned and soft, about 4 minutes more. 
  • Add lemon juice and stir – scrape any browned bits from bottom of pan. 
  • Stir in neufchatel cheese and melt. 
  • Turn off heat. 
  • With a whisk, stir in half and half and parmesan cheese to pan, whisking vigorously. 
  • Return heat to pan and add in pasta and lemon wedges. 
  • Toss pasta and continue to cook over high heat until pasta is soft (about 3 minutes) and coated evenly. 
  • When pasta is al dente, plate and top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 703mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Elie says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to let you know that your pintrest button isn’t working. None of your recipes can be pinned. i don’t know if you’re aware of this.
    Love your recipes, just wish I could save them.

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      Thanks for letting me know Elie – I will check into it!