Jamie Oliver’s 5-Ingredient Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Mushroom Pasta
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garlic mushroom pasta in pan
Credit: David Loftus

Just like your favorite candle or bouquet of flowers, this garlic mushroom pasta from Jamie Oliver feels like a little luxury. Every ingredient sounds special, and because there are so few ingredients to begin with, they all play an important role. The mushrooms add a meatiness to the dish, and the crème fraîche adds a slight tang that a normal heavy cream couldn’t. It’s the sort of dish that’ll make you feel like a smart cook.

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Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 5 ounces

    dried trofie or fusilli

  • 2 cloves

    of garlic

  • 8 ounces

    mixed mushrooms

  • 1 ounce

    Parmesan cheese

  • 2 heaping tablespoons

    reduced-fat crème fraiche


  1. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the package instructions, then drain, reserving a cupful of cooking water. Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the garlic. Place it in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil, followed 1 minute later by the mushrooms, tearing up any larger ones. Season with sea salt and black pepper, and cook for 8 minutes, or until golden, tossing regularly.

  2. Toss the drained pasta into the mushroom pan with a splash of reserved cooking water. Finely grate in most of the Parmesan, stir in the crème fraîche, taste, season to perfection, and dish up, finishing with a final grating of Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted 5 INGREDIENTS: Quick and Easy Food by Jamie Oliver. Copyright © 2017 by Jamie Oliver. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Photography by David Loftus.