Recipe - Mushroom Pasta(E, this is for you -- Annie)
My husband and I created this recipe after being served a similar dish at a restaurant (theirs probably had a better name - we aren't talented at naming recipes). It's a very simple, but tasty, dinner. Ours uses way less oil, but feel free to adjust to your taste.
1 large* package white (button) mushrooms - wiped clean (unless you can find pre-washed ones)
1/4 cup water
2 - 3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups penne pasta (whole grain, or part whole grain)
1/8 - 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese**
Salt and fresh-ground pepper
Using a food processor***, slice the mushrooms very thin. Cook the pasta according to package. While pasta cooks, "sweat" mushrooms in a very large skillet with water for 4 - 5 minutes. ("Sweat" means high heat, no cover. It helps to pre-spray the skillet with a non-stick spray. Watch carefully to avoid burning mushrooms.) Heat oil in a small skillet and add garlic, stirring constantly for a few minutes. Add oil/garlic to mushrooms. Add cooked pasta. Stir in cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a nice salad to round out the meal.
* I think it's 1 pound
** not the powdered cheese in the green can - get the good stuff
*** if you don't own one, how do you call yourself "lazy" --- oh, and you'll have to slice them by hand