It's been a very good chanterelle mushroom season here in the Bay Area this year. I've been on many forays with my mushroom club, and I've gone to secret collecting spots in the forest with friends. I have been dry sautéeing and drying my chanterelle hauls, and making things like this risotto recipe. The other night, I threw together this easy pasta dish.
Orecchiete with Chanterelle, Sage, Walnuts, & Brown Butter
2 cups of orecchiete
1 tbsp. butter
1 shallot, finely minced
2 cups fresh chanterelle mushrooms, chopped in small dices
2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
1 cup raw walnuts, shelled and halved
4 to 6 tbsp brown butter - use more if the dish is too dry
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional: grated parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta according to directions, drain and set aside. In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter and cook the shallots until translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook until browned. Add the fresh sage, walnuts, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes. Add the drained pasta to the skillet and add the brown butter, and mix well over medium heat until everything is blended.