If you’re looking for the next most delicious comfort meal, this Umami Mushroom Rigatoni Recipe may be it!

Recipe serves four.


  • 250 g rigatoni pasta (or another similar short pasta)
  • 4 large portabello mushrooms
  • 250 g portabellini mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Cook rigatoni in boiling salted water, until al dente.
  2. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water and drain pasta.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, scrape out the black gills from the underside of the portabellos with a teaspoon.
  4. Cut each portabello in half and then cut each half into four chunky wedges.
  5. Slice portabellinis into quarters.
  6. Heat oil and butter in a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
  8. Add mushrooms and thyme.
  9. Cook mushrooms, tossing them often until just tender and golden brown.
  10. Pour in the soy sauce and cook until absorbed.
  11. Turn the heat down.
  12. Stir in the crème fraîche, salt, pepper, and a splash of pasta water.
  13. Add cooked pasta and toss gently to coat in the mushroom sauce.
  14. Keep adding pasta water as needed to achieve a silky, shiny sauce.
  15. Serve pasta with squeeze of fresh lemon juice and extra freshly ground black pepper.

Umami Mushroom Rigatoni Recipe Notes

This Umami Mushroom Rigatoni recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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