January 2, 2011

Quick Fix Dinners: Tagliatelle with Mushroom Cream Sauce and a Poached Egg

If you want to do something very "in," put a poached or fried egg on top of your favorite dish. It'll make it look like the trendiest dish in town. Eggs are pretty popular right now, and there's good reason why. They are just that delicious. They add that perfect hit of creamy, smooth, rich yolk that we all love. And who can resist the image of a oozing egg yolk spilling over their food. Fried or poached eggs are great in the classic egg sandwich, but they are also fantastic on pasta, pizza, steak, fried rice, soup, and so much more.

Here's my recipe for pasta with a creamy, flavorful mushroom sauce and a beautiful poached egg on top, topped with some freshly grated parmesan. It really doesn't get any better than this. Recipe after the jump.

Tagliatelle with Mushroom Cream Sauce and a Poached Egg

This dish works wonderfully with freshly made pasta, but store bought tagliatelle/fettucini will work just as well for a quick fix. Timing is important for this dish - try to have the pasta being added to the sauce while you're poaching the eggs so that everything is ready at the same time. 

-1 lb. fresh or dried tagliatelle pasta, cooked accordingly 
-1/2 T. butter
-1/2 T. olive oil
-2 cups sliced mushrooms (button, shiitake, crimini, etc)
-1/2 cup cream
-1 t. chopped fresh chives
-4 eggs
-Parmesan cheese

-In addition to the water for the pasta, bring a large pot of water to a light boil to poach the eggs. 

-In a large saute pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until well browned, 5-8 minutes. 

-Add the cream and fresh chives and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. 

-Add the cooked pasta to the mushrooms and sauce and toss well. If it feels a little dry, add some more cream. 

-When the water is boiling lightly, gently crack the eggs one at at time into the water. After 2-3 minutes they should come together with the whites forming around the yolks. When they are solid enough to remove, carefully lift them out with a slotted spoon and place on a plate until ready to use. 

-To serve, divide the pasta among four plates. Top each with a warm poached eggs and grate some parmesan on top. Serve at once. 

Serves 4. 


  1. Each step of the replica watches way is arguably as important as the other steps. All handbags will have reached this step sometime in its fabrication process. When a designer seems to have been touched by a higher being to create a design that is a little slice of louis vuitton replica heaven, the designer gains a better reputation as a handbag designer and brings you more and more of the designs you like. Often, the popularity of a designer will increase the price of the handbags that designer design. Then along comes those designer inspired handbags.I have heard it said that imitation is the ultimate form of a compliment. Perhaps there is truth in this saying. When a designer's handbags are so popular that they require a replica, imitation, inspired, or fake designers to create something similar, that is the prada belts biggest achievement. These designers change the handbag in a slight way sometimes as easy as changing the initials used on the handbag. For example, Louis Vuitton always has a signature LV on his handbags, some designer inspired handbags may have LW. Coach is another good example. All Coach handbags have a double C design on the fabric, designer inspired handbags may have a CG instead of the double C.These handbags never claim to be authentic. To do so is illegal and a travesty to you and the original designer. However, replicas and inspired handbags meet all requirements for staying legal. They offer you design, fashion, and style at an affordable rate. Most people can not easily afford $10000 USD for that exquisite handbag. A designer inspired handbag may be able to get you the same look and feel of that handbag for around $100 USD. Maybe you are wondering why anyone would want a designer handbag if they can get a lookalike for so cheap. Well, the keyword is "cheap". The designer handbags offer a higher quality in breitling replica material and fabrication. A designer inspired handbag may look beautiful and sexy, but usually the quality is significantly lower than the original. The inspired handbag may have a weaker thread or weaker hems, or a replica handbag could have a low quality of tag heuer replica closures and clasps that will rust with time; you should always check those straps or handle for loose strings. Fraying thread is definitely the enemy of those designer inspired handbags.