If you’re mad for mushrooms, a fan of fungi, or crazy for creminis, this pasta will treat you right: it’s loaded with ’shroom slices! They’re the flavor backbone of this recipe along with rich mushroom stock, bringing all those deep, earthy flavors that you know and love. We’ve added al dente penne, a lemony, chive-flecked crème fraîche sauce, zucchini and tomatoes, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Get ready for this umami bomb to hit your dinner table.
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Mushroom Stock Concentrate
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Wash and dry all produce. Trim and quarter zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces. Trim and thinly slice mushrooms. Halve tomatoes. Mince chives. Quarter lemon.
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and softened, 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in pan used for zucchini over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and slightly crispy, 5-7 minutes. Turn off heat; season with salt and pepper, then transfer to bowl with zucchini. Wash out pan.
Once water is boiling, add penne to pot. Cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain well.
Meanwhile, heat 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) and a drizzle of olive oil in pan used for mushrooms over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Cook, stirring, until tomatoes are softened, 2-4 minutes. Stir in half the chives and juice from half the lemon. Reduce heat to low, then stir in stock concentrate and ¼ cup reserved pasta cooking water (⅓ cup for 4). Whisk in crème fraîche; season with salt and pepper.
Add zucchini, mushrooms, and drained penne to pan with sauce; stir to combine. Stir in 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) until melted. (TIP: If necessary, add more reserved pasta cooking water a splash at a time until penne is coated in a creamy sauce.) Divide pasta between plates. Sprinkle with Parmesan and remaining chives. Serve with remaining lemon wedges on the side.