Mezzi Paccheri with Mushrooms and Cream.

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!

mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream

‘Miezi paccheri alla capa’ e ‘mbrello’.

In Neapolitan dialect, ‘si’na capa’ e ‘mbrella’ is an idiom that means doing things in a rough and haphazard way without thinking! I was unable to discover exactly when this pasta recipe got its name. But, I imagine that it was invented by someone putting ingredients together without following a particular recipe and just using what’s available. Something, I guess, we have all done at times, often with great results!

mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream

Cream is not a common ingredient in the Neapolitan kitchen. However, this mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream recipe can apparently be found in a famous Neapolitan cookbook called ‘Frijenno Magnanno’ a thousand and one recipes compiled by Luciano de Crescenzo. This cookbook is a collection of recipes from Campania and the author a well-known writer, actor and director from Naples.

ingredients for mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream

The Mushrooms.

You can choose to use dried or fresh mushrooms. If using dried mushroom, you will need to soak them for about 20-30 minutes before cooking. I used fresh cremini and white button mushrooms this time, but I’d like to repeat this recipe with dried mushrooms one day soon!

cooked mushrooms in frying pan

The Pasta.

Traditionally this recipe calls for mezzi paccheri. Paccheri are quite large wide pasta tubes which are typically Neapolitan. You can read more about paccheri in my post about this pasta. Mezzi paccheri are ‘half’ paccheri so, shorter pasta tubes. I used a pasta that’s very similar to mezzi paccheri called tuffoli. Tuffoli are a ridged pasta tube made by a company called Pasta Mancini from Le Marche, Central Italy.

cream, eggs and grated parmigiano in white bowl

In my opinion, Pasta Mancini is the equivalent of a ‘designer label’ pasta. This company makes its pasta from durum wheat it grows itself using sustainable farming methods and following a set of rules known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). In fact, its pasta factory is located in the middle of its own wheat fields!

cream, eggs and grated parmigiano sauce

Needless to say this company’s pasta is, like other high quality artisan pasta, extruded through bronze dies and slow dried. Definitely worth buying if you come across it.

cooked mushrooms with cream, egg and cheese sauce in frying pan

How to make this mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream.

Mushrooms, cream, butter, eggs and parmesan are the main ingredients of this super simple recipe. The mushrooms are cooked in butter, while the eggs, cheese and cream are just mixed together and then added to the mushrooms.  Once the pasta is cooked, you just mix it with the sauce and it’s ready.

mushroom sauce for mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream

This mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream is a bit like a carbonara with cream with mushrooms instead of guanciale. The combination of the eggs, cream and grated Parmigiano combined with the mushrooms cooked in butter create a fabulous sauce that really needs no other seasoning or flavours.

mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream

Like carbonara, this recipe also has no onions, garlic or herbs. I added a sprinkling of parsley mostly for a bit of colour, but parsley isn’t in the original recipe, so you can omit it.

mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream

If you do try this mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream, 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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Buon Appetito!

Other paccheri recipes on The Pasta Project

  1. Paccheri with calamari and potato
  2. Paccheri with porcini, speck and pistachio

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5 from 25 votes
mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream
Mezzi Paccheri with Mushrooms and Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This super simple Neapolitan recipe has only 5 main ingredients and can be made in the time it takes to boil the water and cook your pasta! A perfect vegetarian pasta recipe for week nights that all the family will love!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Campania, Italian, Southern Italian
Keyword: mushrooms, paccheri, pasta recipe, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
  • 400 g mezzi paccheri (14oz) or tuffoli from Pasta Mancini
  • 300 g mushrooms (10oz) or 100 g dried mushrooms
  • 50 g Parmigiano Reggiano (2 oz) grated
  • 50 g butter (2 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 lt fresh cream (8.5 floz)
  • salt for pasta and to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley as required (optional)
  1. Clean the mushrooms and cut them into small slices or quarters. If using dried mushrooms, soak in warm water for 20-30 mins then drain and cut into small pieces.

  2. Melt the butter in a deep frying pan or skillet on a very low flame, so that it does not burn. Add the cut mushrooms and cook for 15 minutes or so.

  3. While the mushrooms are cooking, put one egg and one egg yolk into a bowl, with the Parmigiano and the cream beat together gently until you have a smooth mixture.

  4. Put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. when it starts to boil add salt and bring to the boil again. Cook the pasta al dente according to the instructions on the packet. 

  5. Just before the pasta is ready, add the mixture of eggs, cheese and cream to the mushrooms cooked in butter and mix ( but don’t cook it further). Add salt and pepper to taste. 

  6. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the sauce. Immediately, mix the sauce and the pasta together well over a low heat. You want the sauce to heat through and coat the pasta without the eggs becoming scrambled. 

  7. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of parsley (optional) and some more grated parmigiano.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have mezzi paccheri you can use other pasta tubes such as rigatoni, penne or tortiglioni.

I had some leftovers from this dish to which I added some fried pancetta and béchamel (white sauce) and baked the following day with some more grated cheese on top! It was delicious. Keep leftovers in the fridge covered with cling film, otherwise the pasta will dry out.


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  • Mirlene
    January 14, 2019 12:05 pm

    One cannot go wrong with pasta. This dish look incredible. I have not tried neapolitan recipes but I think this will be the first one I try.

  • April
    January 13, 2019 10:40 pm

    I think this can be made with both dried and fresh mushrooms – so yummy! I also think that I need to try more of the Neapolitan cuisine because it looks (and sounds) sooooo goooood!

  • Linda
    January 13, 2019 7:06 am

    This simple pasta is definitely loaded with lots of flavors and texture. And those mushrooms definitely bring this pasta to another level. Yum!

  • Cheese Curd In Paradise
    January 13, 2019 4:52 am

    This sauce looks so rich and delicious. I love the simple ingredients, and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Jori
    January 12, 2019 7:05 pm

    mushrooms, cream, pasta … these are my absolute faves! Delish

  • Candiss
    January 12, 2019 12:37 am

    There is nothing better than a nice creamy pasta dish. I think this looks like it would be perfect for a cold winter day!

  • Kelly Anthony
    January 11, 2019 7:42 pm

    Your pictures really highlight this mezzi paccheri with mushrooms and cream. I’m seriously drooling over this pasta and wishing I had some right now.

  • Lathiya
    January 11, 2019 6:42 pm

    The pasta looks delicious with those cream,mushrooms and butter. This makes a great dinner.

  • Amanda
    January 10, 2019 8:25 pm

    Mushrooms, cream, butter, eggs and parmesan — is there a better pasta combination? This is a seriously delicious recipe. As always, thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Jeannette (Jay Joy)
    January 10, 2019 7:33 pm

    Thank you for these step-by-step instructions. They were super easy to follow. I had to search in two different places to find the large wide pasta tubes. Yummy!

  • Carmen Berry
    January 10, 2019 3:16 am

    I love mushrooms, so this dish looks incredible! Do you have a recommendation for another type of pasta if I can’t find this? Thank you!

  • Stine Mari
    January 9, 2019 3:13 pm

    I love how the sauce clings to the pasta, just the right texture in my opinion. And mushrooms are so delicious in pasta dishes, so I know this is a winner!

  • Jere Cassidy
    January 9, 2019 1:16 am

    This pasta looks perfect to me. I love mushrooms and pasta together. Your dishes always look amazing.

    • Jacqui
      January 9, 2019 8:52 am

      Thank you Jere! I think mushrooms with pasta is a perfect meal! So delicious!

  • Gloria
    January 8, 2019 6:55 pm

    As a mushroom lover and pasta lover, this is a winner. Add the cream sauce, and it is a done deal. Pour me a glass of white wine, and I call this one delicious dinner.

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:38 pm

      Thank you Gloria! Yes a glass (or two!) of white wine would go perfectly with this dish!

  • Natalie
    January 8, 2019 6:30 pm

    Looks sooooo good! Perfect for a quick hearty dinner ♥

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:42 pm

      Thank you Natalie! This is a easy recipe with a 5 star taste! Wonderful for a quick dinner!

  • Jill
    January 8, 2019 6:24 pm

    Love how simple and quick this pasta recipe is. Such perfect comfort food!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:43 pm

      Comfort food at its best Jill!

  • [email protected]
    January 8, 2019 6:22 pm

    Pasta lover since forever. Have tried so many different recipes, now’s surely time for this. Way to go Jacqui.

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:44 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love this recipe Lola!

  • Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    January 8, 2019 6:11 pm

    So comforting, this dish is what I’m going to have on a rainy day!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:45 pm

      Yes, perfect for a cold rainy day Shadi! You’re going to love it, I’m sure!

  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 8, 2019 5:25 pm

    This is the kind of pasta dish I dream about. Creamy, rich and loaded with mushrooms. This is exactly the type of food that has stopped my super-model career dead in its tracks — but it’s worth it!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:47 pm

      Yes definitely a dish to dream about Lisa! I have also lost my waistline to good food! But difficult to live in Italy and stay slim!

  • Emmeline
    January 8, 2019 3:34 pm

    This looks 100% amazing! Never heard of the dish before but I love a good pasta ai funghi – is there a difference, do you know? Or is it only that they’re from different regions?

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:49 pm

      Thank you Emmeline! There are many mushroom pasta recipes here in Italy and yes the ingredients depend on the region. This one is quite unique because of the addition of eggs, like carbonara!

  • Tayler Ross
    January 8, 2019 2:36 pm

    This looks like total comfort food! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:50 pm

      I’m sure you’ll really love this recipe Tayler! Definitely perfect comfort food!

  • kim
    January 8, 2019 2:16 pm

    This recipe is perfect! It’s super easy and has so much flavor! A great, comforting winter meal!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:53 pm

      That’s what I love about this recipe too, Kim! So flavourful and yet super easy to make!

  • Danielle Wolter
    January 8, 2019 1:42 pm

    Mushrooms are just one of my favorite things ever. This sauce looks absolutely incredible. Ultimate comfort food!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:54 pm

      Thanks Danielle! I love mushrooms too and this recipe can be made with fresh or dried!

  • Cathy
    January 8, 2019 1:41 pm

    I honestly want this pasta right now! First of all I love cream, mushrooms and pasta and you have all three here! YUM!!!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:55 pm

      It doesn’t get much better than mushrooms, cream and pasta, does it Cathy?

  • Nathan Wyper
    January 8, 2019 1:15 pm

    Looks so delicious, i love mushrooms! This would be my perfect comfort food!

    • Jacqui
      January 8, 2019 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much Nathan! Mushrooms and pasta really is perfect comfort food!

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