Monday, February 14, 2011

Leek & Mushroom Pasta

Leeks are aplenty during Chinese New Year, and I certainly got my share of them. I absolutely love cooking with leeks as an aromatic - to flavour a soup, or a fried rice, or a pasta. Like this one:

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It's as lazy a dish as it can get. Just fresh ingredients and a light touch of seasoning. Nothing fancy, no rocket science ... which is perfectly fine when you are hungry and want hot food pronto.

(serves 1 hungry ME)

- 3 baby leeks, white part only, sliced thin
- 5 or 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms (caps), sliced thick
- 1 clove garlic, sliced thin
- 1 knob unsalted butter
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch of coarse black pepper
- Pinch of salt to taste
- 1 serving of pasta (I used spinach fettuccine)
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Chilli flakes (optional but recommended)
- Basil leaves for garnishing (optional)

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1. Cook pasta as per package instructions (make sure you salt the water generously). In the meantime, heat a skillet and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil. Add a knob of butter.

2. When the butter has melted into the oil, add the leeks. Cook over a gentle heat until the leeks has softened. Add the garlic and mushrooms. Continue cooking but do not let the garlic brown. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Drain the pasta when it is done, saving some of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the pan of leeks and mushrooms. Toss to combine. Add splashes of the pasta cooking water if it's too dry. Add another pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle a little more olive oil before dishing up.

4. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and chilli flakes, and garnish with basil leaves. Take photos before eating.

Like many of my fellow bloggers, I am the cook, stylist, hand model and photographer behind every photograph. Amazing how blogging hones your multitasking skills, eh? I might just grow an extra arm one day.
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PS: I don't celebrate it, but if you do, Happy Valentine's Day! Want chocolate? You've come to the right place! I've got plenty. :) Look under my recipe index. You're bound to find something you'd like.


  1. pasta is usually my go to week day dinner. So quick, easy and delicious.

  2. I am drool while staring at your pasta meal..... can i pop over and have some, and please keep some chocolate tarts for me too if u still have any :p. Happy Valentine's Day!!

  3. This looks really good! I love one dish, simple meals:)Thanks for sharing!

  4. The beauty of a dish like this is in its simplicity - all of the flavors area allowed to shine. And now that I love mushrooms (I used to think I didn't like them) I would love this dish!!

  5. I don't know how you can hand model and take such steady great perfect spot on shots! Amazing:)

  6. That's one interesting pasta! Too bad one of my girls doesn't like mushroom.

  7. Oh my!

    I also used white wine (my first time) as my prop for my almost gnocchi dish last week!

    Great minds think alike eh? :p

  8. i just tried this recipe this evening. i think i burn my olive oil & butter. i think i may have turn my fire a little too high after i added in the butter. in the end, i threw away the burnt oil.
    as i ran out of butter, i omitted the butter and added some mince meat to the pasta. the end result is pretty good. :) my family enjoys it!
    thanks for sharing!

  9. Mmm looks delicious. I love leek and mushrooms together (seems we both had the idea of leek and mushroom dishes at the same time).

    I love your cute little maple leaf bowls. So adorable.

  10. The kind of dish I enjoy. I used spinach fettuccine recently too in my pasta dish :)

  11. Oh this looks delicious! I love a simple pasta that just celebrates the ingredients.

  12. Ju you are so impressive -- ( i totally got nosey and read yalls tweets about photography and saw you didnt process any of your pictures) AMAZING.

    This pasta dish looks so hearty and delicious and I love that its vegetarian. Thanks for sharing, I'll have ot make this once my leeks come in!