12 Mushroom Pasta Recipes from Italy.

12 Mushroom Pasta Recipes with Farmed and Foraged Mushrooms.

12 mushroom pasta recipes

Here are the best 12 mushroom pasta recipes on The Pasta Project to date! If you are a pasta lover who likes mushrooms too, I’m sure you’ll love these recipes. Some are made with foraged mushrooms, some with farmed and some with a mix. Some are vegetarian, some with meat, some with seafood, but all are delicious. Do let me know which you’d like to try first!

a basket of parasol mushrooms

Pasta con funghi.

Italians love both farmed and foraged mushrooms and there are so many delicious ways they can be cooked and eaten. However, I would say the most popular way is with pasta, like in these 12 mushroom pasta recipes.

Mushrooms can be paired with meat or seafood or be the main protagonist in a recipe. You can make a mushroom pasta with just one kind of mushroom or with a mix. However, I particularly like those made with foraged mushrooms. Have you ever been mushroom hunting? It’s a popular pastime here. Although, of course, you need to know your mushrooms!

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1.Mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream recipe from Naples.

Known as ‘miezi paccheri alla capa ’e’ mbrello in the local dialect, this Neapolitan recipe for mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream is super simple to make and outstandingly delicious! It can be made with fresh or dried mushrooms. I used a mix of white button mushrooms and creminis.

tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms

2. Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms.

The deliciousness of pasta with porcini can only be understood by those who have had the pleasure of eating it. This classic traditional dish is easy to make as long as you can find good quality porcini. So, definitely worth going mushroom hunting for (even in your local supermarket!)

senatore cappelli organic whole wheat pasta with nduja and mushrooms

3. Senatore cappelli organic whole wheat pasta with nduja and mushrooms.

This recipe is a delicious example of how well nduja ( a spicy spreadable salumi from Calabria) pairs with different ingredients. I used pioppini and white champignons (button mushrooms). But, this recipe is also great with foraged mushrooms such as porcini.

Italian white ragu pasta with wild mushrooms.

4. Italian white ragu pasta with wild mushrooms.

For this pasta with wild mushrooms, I used what Italians call ‘chiodini’ or ‘famigliola buona’.  Chiodini mushrooms (Armillaria mellea) are found growing on or near hardwood trees.  In English, they are better known as honey mushrooms. Honey mushrooms have a slightly sweet taste and a rich umami flavour. Many people say they are better than shiitake! Of course you can use farmed mushrooms instead.

Homemade cavatelli with oyster mushrooms and sausage.

5. Homemade cavatelli with oyster mushrooms and sausage.

The mushrooms usually used in this recipe from Puglia are called cardoncelli (pleurotus eryngii) in Italian. These are the largest of the oyster mushroom genus. In fact, they are also called king oyster mushrooms. Cardoncelli have been popular in Italy since the times of Ancient Rome. These highly prized mushrooms look similar to other oyster mushrooms, but are darker, meatier and richer in flavour when cooked. You can also use other types of oyster mushrooms.

Cannelloni with potato and porcini.

6. Cannelloni with potato and porcini.

The two most traditional and popular ways to serve cannelloni (manicotti) in Italy are either filled with a meat ragu and baked in a tomato sauce or filled with spinach and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce or béchamel, or a mixture of both. This recipe is quite different. The filling is made from potato puree and porcini mushrooms and the sauce is a cheesy béchamel. The taste is exceptional and I highly recommend this recipe if you’re looking for an alternative way to serve cannelloni!

Lasagna bianca with burrata and mushrooms.

7. Lasagna bianca with burrata and mushrooms.

If you want to impress your guests, this lasagna is the way to do it! The taste is outstanding yet the ingredients are simple. I guess the most important thing is the quality of those ingredients, most importantly the use of fresh burrata and if you can find them, fresh porcini make it extra special. This dish is typically made with either fresh cardoncelli mushrooms (king oyster mushrooms) or porcini. I chose to use 3 kinds of mushrooms; porcini, white button mushrooms and pioppini mushrooms as I couldn’t find the Apulian cardoncelli mushrooms here. The porcini were frozen, not fresh

Spaghetti Mare e Monti (surf and turf)

8. Spaghetti Mare e Monti (surf and turf) .

This is a classic ‘surf and turf’ pasta recipe from the Marche region in central Italy. Le Marche is a beautiful unspoiled fairly mountainous and hilly region with a long coastline on the Adriatic sea. The food in this region is very influenced by both the land and the sea. So, the combination of different mushrooms and calamari (squid) in this delicious pasta dish is very representative of the local cuisine. 

Paccheri with porcini, pistachios and speck.

9. Paccheri with porcini, pistachios and speck.

There are a number of wonderful pasta recipes made with paccheri and porcini. This is one of my favourites! I made it with paccheri and pistachios from Sicily, porcini from our woods and speck from the Alto-Adige! All wonderful traditional Italian ingredients. This recipe can be made with dried or frozen porcini!

Penne pasta alla boscaiola (woodman’s pasta)

10. Pasta alla Boscaiola (woodman’s pasta)

In Italian, the word ‘boscaiola’ means woodsman or woodcutter. So, this pasta alla boscaiola recipe is traditionally based on the most popular foraged food to be found in the woods, mushrooms.  Most alla boscaiola recipes include porcini mushrooms. However, it can be made with other mushrooms too. I used porcini and pioppini.

tagliatelle with rabbit ragu

11. Tagliatelle with rabbit ragu.

Pasta with rabbit is very traditional in many parts of Italy. This very tasty recipe comes from the Marche region in Central Italy. It’s easy to make and full of flavour! Instead of porcini, you can use your favourite type of mushrooms.

Italian ricotta mushroom lasagne al forno.

12. Italian ricotta mushroom lasagne al forno.

This Italian lasagne al forno is my new favourite vegetarian baked pasta recipe.  Made with fabulous Southern Italian dried lasagna riccia and porcini mushrooms, this dish tastes as beautiful as it looks! I used frozen porcini and fresh cremini mushrooms. However, you can use other mushrooms and dried or fresh porcini. 

If you do try any of these 12 mushroom pasta recipes, I’d love to hear what you think. Please write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

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    Jacque Hastert
    October 15, 2019 11:03 pm

    I can’t wait to make these. I have added a few to our menu for the remainder of the month.

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    October 14, 2019 10:27 pm

    Loving this combination of mushroom and pasta and so many recipes together. Awesome share.

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:03 pm

      Thank you, Renu! Lots here to try!

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    Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
    October 14, 2019 6:05 am

    These all sound so amazing I hardly know where to start! Mushroom is one of my favorite vegetables to add to pasta (right after roasted pepper) so I’m sure every one of these would be a hit. Can’t wait to give them each a try.

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:05 pm

      I agree, Claire. Mushrooms are so full of flavour. I hope you love all of these!

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    Jenni LeBaron
    October 14, 2019 5:51 am

    All of these pasta recipes look absolutely delicious, but the Senatore cappelli organic whole wheat pasta with nduja and mushrooms is really calling my name. I love how the spirals grab all the flavor!

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:08 pm

      Thank you Jenni! Let me know if you try it!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    October 13, 2019 8:53 pm

    I am the only one in my family that actually LIKES mushrooms. Making these recipes just means more for me, right 😉

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:09 pm

      That’s a positive, not a negative Cathleen! Definitely more for you!

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    GUNJAN C Dudani
    October 13, 2019 5:08 pm

    I love the combination of pasta and mushrooms. This round up is amazing. I am bookmarking this page so I can make one recipe everyday.

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:11 pm

      Thank you, Gunjan! I hope you love them all!

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    Paula Montenegro
    October 13, 2019 2:07 pm

    I love mushroom pasta and porcini are my absolute favorites! So glad to see many recipes using them in this post. The one with pistachios and speck won my heart!

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:12 pm

      Thank you, Paula! Let me know if you try any of them!

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    October 13, 2019 2:32 am

    My husband and I don’t often agree on a lot of veggies, but we do agree on mushrooms. We go through a lot of them in the run of a week, and pasta is such a great way to enjoy them. Thanks for rounding up all these great recipes!

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      The Pasta Project
      October 15, 2019 3:13 pm

      Let me know if you try any of the recipes, Leanne, and if you both love them!

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    October 13, 2019 1:56 am

    This list is delicious and perfect for my family. I now have a list of new pasta dishes to try.

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    Josette Portelli
    October 12, 2019 10:21 am

    I’m in a dilemma which one I’ll try first……I’ll turn to my husband to choose. We love mushrooms and pasta of course Thank you so much for all this

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    October 12, 2019 5:04 am

    So many good recipes, I don’t know which one to choose! That tagliatelle with porcini is certainly going on the menu next week!

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    October 11, 2019 6:10 pm

    Oh, wow, wow, which shall I make first? Hard decision here, sea- food and mushroom ones first as they do top my preference. These pasta dishes look absolutely mouthwatering and will definitely try to make every single one. Thank you so much for sharing but made me so so hungry right now. Feel inspired to with dinner tonight and will be making the mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream one. Mmmmmm

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    October 11, 2019 5:37 pm

    I love pasta dishes and these all look incredible. Such a great list!

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    Veena Azmanov
    October 10, 2019 7:07 pm

    Thanks for these awesome recipes. My family to feast on them all.

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    October 10, 2019 4:10 pm

    Oh yum, all of these pasta dishes look incredible! My husband loooves mushrooms, I will show him this page and let him decide which dish he wants first!

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    Stine Mari
    October 9, 2019 4:44 pm

    I want to try ALL of these recipes, they all look so good. I always add mushroom to my pasta, the two are like peas in a pod in my home.

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    Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
    October 9, 2019 12:57 am

    I am totally #TeamShrooms! I have been on a huge mushroom kick lately and craving charred Hen of the woods mushrooms. All of these dishes look incredible!

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    Alex Ryder
    October 8, 2019 8:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, I should not have looked at this before dinner! Everything looks delicious but for me, it’s got to be that cavatelli with sausage and mushrooms! Delish! Pinned for later 🙂

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