Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Mushroom Pasta

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We don’t eat pasta very often here but when we do, we make sure that it’s extra delicious. No cheap pasta tossed with bottled marinara sauce here. This garlic mushroom pasta is one of our absolute favorite ways to eat pasta and it’s simple and easy to make but full of awesome flavor. This is one seriously delicious dish and it can be thrown together really quickly. Great for a weeknight dinner when you don’t have a lot of time and energy to cook.

two bowls of garlic mushroom pasta ready to serve

The recipe starts with pork chops marinated in a garlic butter and baked until golden brown. I know a lot of people aren’t big fans of pork, but if it’s cooked right, it can be incredibly delicious and it makes the perfect protein for this pasta dish. The garlic butter marinade is simple and quick to throw together and is great for chicken or pork.

marinated baked pork chops for garlic mushroom pasta

Fresh Turmeric and Other Nutritional Info

A little while ago, we found out that we have turmeric growing here at our house in Costa Rica and we harvested quite a bit. I washed it all and keep in a plastic bag in the freezer for use whenever we need it. That way I can just pull a chunk out and grate what I need and then put it back. No need to thaw or peel it. If you can find fresh turmeric, I highly recommend doing this yourself. The taste and health benefits of fresh turmeric are substantial. It has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties and as little as two teaspoons of fresh turmeric per day can greatly alleviate chronic pain and improve energy, focus, and mood. Also, turmeric is absorbed much more effectively, about twenty times more, when combined with black pepper, so it is a good idea to always combine the two.

fresh turmeric from our garden

We use our fresh turmeric in this marinade along with garlic, butter, olive oil, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread that evenly over pork chops or chicken breasts and the results are amazing. It takes like two minutes to throw together, tastes delicious, and is loaded with health benefits. Turmeric, garlic, thyme, and paprika are all known to have many health benefits and are also a great flavor combination.

sauce for garlic mushroom pasta cooking in a saucepan

Of course, we also recommend using whole wheat pasta for this recipe, and, really, any other. Whole grain products are just better in every way. If you care about your health at all, stop eating processed grains. They have basically no nutritional value and there is really no reason to eat them. We have used whole wheat fusilli and linguine for this recipe and both are great. So whatever pasta you like best will probably work for this garlic mushroom pasta.

garlic mushroom pasta being mixed in a pan

The one way that we compromise with this recipe is that we use packaged cream of mushroom soup. There are many reasons for this and, if you really want to go all out, you can make your own creamy mushroom base for the sauce. Using the pre-made stuff saves considerable time and effort, however. I just add some garlic, onion, oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to the mushroom soup base and it makes an incredible sauce. Combine that with the pork and you have one amazing pasta dish.

bowl of garlic mushroom pasta

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Garlic Mushroom Pasta
A recipe for creamy and delicious garlic mushroom pasta with marinated baked pork.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Garlic Butter Pork Chops
Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Garlic Butter Pork Chops
Pasta
Instructions
Pork Chops
  1. Combine melted butter, olive oil, garlic, turmeric, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl or cup. Brush evenly over pork chops. Let marinade sit while your oven heats up.
  2. Preheat oven to 385 degrees F. Cook pork chops for 25-40 minutes, depending on thickness, flipping halfway through, until fully cooked. Set aside.
Pasta
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to directions.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine cream of mushroom soup, water, milk, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Turn heat up to medium and cook until it starts to thicken, 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Cut pork into bite-sized pieces, trimming any large pieces of fat, and add to skillet along with pasta and sauce and stir to combine. Cook for another minute and it's ready to serve!
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