One-Pot Wonders

Mascarpone Mushroom Marsala with Noodles

March 18, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

This is a creamy twist on mushroom marsala—a comforting classic with a new addition. —Catherine Lamb

Test Kitchen Notes

For more savory ways to use mascarpone, see the full article. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly (or 1/2 of a large onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced (I used crimini, but any type will work!)
  • 3/4 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1/2 8-ounce container of mascarpone
  • 8 ounces frozen peas, about 1/2 of a bag, thawed
  • 1/2 pound short pasta, like egg noodles or rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan, for serving
  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, put a pot of heavily salted water on to boil.
  2. Add onions to the pan along with a pinch of salt and some pepper, and sweat them down until soft and transparent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add mushrooms along with another pinch of salt and cook until they give up all their water and begin to caramelize, 12 to 15 minutes. Don't worry if there are sticky brown bits on the bottom of the pan! They will add some good flavor after the next step.
  3. A few minutes before you add the marsala wine, add your pasta to the boiling water. Cook it 2 minutes shy of al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on the type of pasta you use. Drain.
  4. Add the Marsala wine to the pan and scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom. Stir until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 5 minutes. Add in the mascarpone, the peas, more salt and pepper, and cook until the cheese melts into a silky sauce and the peas are warmed through.
  5. Spoon mushroom marsala over noodles, top with parsley and more black pepper. Serve with Parmesan on the side.

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  • ifjuly
  • FrugalCat
  • ChefJune

3 Reviews

ifjuly February 28, 2020
Was looking for a way to use up a tub of mascarpone with a nearing expiration date, also kinda had those end-of-week bare-fridge what-can-I-even-make blues. Found this and it was ideal 'cause I happened to have a couple packets of dried mushrooms that also needed to go soon. I know I'm being one of those obnoxious "I subbed everything different to the point it hardly seems related" commenters as I didn't have marsala so used a mix of Shaoxing wine and the stock I'd reconstituted my dried mushrooms in...but I wanted to comment so I could say it was tasty and in retrospect I recognize it's an ideal Friday night supper for Lent on a bunch of vectors--it relies mostly on pantry stuff so it's good for the end of the week when you're out of most everything, it's vegetarian, it's comforting (the winter classic + pasta!) which is good when it's still the end of winter and cold, but also a light-hearted look towards spring with those peas lightening things up and giving everything a clean, delicate sweetness. Really nice. Thank you!
FrugalCat May 3, 2018
Fantastic. I used a mix of shiitake and button mushrooms. I subbed cut green beans for the peas.
ChefJune May 3, 2018
PLEASE! Correct the spelling in the title! It is m-a-s-C-A-R-p-o-n-e.