Recipes by Lucy Waverman available at www.EpiPen.ca
This terrific dish is simple to make. Make the sauce and breadcrumbs ahead of time and boil the pasta just before you need it. Use a mixture of mushrooms such as oyster, brown and shiitake or just use regular ones. If there is no allergy to eggs then the perfect pasta for this is either papparadelle or tagliatelle (both contain eggs), otherwise fettuccine is a good substitute.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add tagliatelle. Cook according to package directions or until just al dente. Drain, reserving ¼ cup (50 mL) pasta cooking water.
Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped garlic and bread crumbs and sauté until breadcrumbs are crisp, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped parsley, season with salt and transfer to a bowl. Reserve.
Heat remaining 3 tbsp (45 mL) oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and sauté for 1 minute or until slightly softened. Add mushrooms and remaining 2 tsp (10 mL) garlic and cook another 3 minutes or until mushrooms are limp and exuding some juice. Stir in lemon rind and 2 tbsp (25 mL) lemon juice. Add stock and basil leaves and cook for 30 seconds or until basil has just wilted. Season well with salt and pepper.
Toss tagliatelle with mushroom mixture. Stir in reserved pasta cooking water, remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice, remaining 1
tbsp (15 mL) parsley and extra virgin olive oil. Toss with breadcrumbs. Divide pasta between 4 individual serving plates and serve immediately.