This recipe is a gem. It's easy to make, has great flavor, and reheats beautifully. I found this recipe last year and made it for Father's Day, but I could not remember where I saw it. I just googled it, and it's Giada's recipe. No wonder it's so good. I've only made it twice, but I've loved it both times. I think if you grilled some chicken and added it, the dish would be a great main course. I had never used mascarpone before, but it's similar to cream cheese. The mushrooms and wine pair beautifully together, and the mascarpone adds a wonderful creaminess to this in place of a normal roux (which means that it reheats much better). This makes a ton of pasta, so make sure that you are feeding a lot of people or cut the recipe in half. Even half of the recipe makes a lot! 

Mascarpone Mushroom Rigatoni Recipe
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Serves 4-6

1 pound rigatoni
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
Salt and pepper
1 pound mushrooms, stems removed and quartered
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chives

Boil your pasta to al dente and drain, saving 1 cup of the pasta water. While your pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, add the shallots and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft. Add the mushrooms and cook until tender. Pour in the wine and simmer until it is almost evaporated. Add in the chicken broth and simmer until slightly reduced. Remove the pan from heat and add in the mascarpone. Stir until there are no clumps. Add the pasta and parmesan to the mushroom mixture and stir until pasta is coated. If needed, add in some of the reserved pasta water to loosen. Garnish with chives.  

Source: Giada de Laurentiis  


05/29/2012 10:00pm

I've never paired marscapone with pasta before...but I love this! (And my husband would eat it without a question because mushrooms are involved. Double victory!)


This looks so fantastic! A simple summer pasta that's for sure.


This just sounds so lovely. And I happen to have mascarpone in the refrig begging to be used!

05/31/2012 10:18pm

Such a light and pretty recipe/picture!

06/02/2012 4:17pm

Mascarpone sauce! I've never heard of that...

06/27/2012 12:43am

I am looking for this kind of stuff..thanks for share..its totally awesome meal.


I love mushroom recipes. I have great interest in cooking and I will try this for sure. I will get back to you shortly with my review on this. Thanks for sharing this with us and keep posting more updates in your blog.


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