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Herbful Pasta Salad with Mushrooms

I woke up this morning and looked out of the window to a winter wonderland. Thick, thick snow and it was coming down fast. I just had to go out for a walk, so I wrapped up warm in my walking gear and headed out. It was great and I just love the silence that accompanies a thick layer of snow.

So you might think that this sort of day would call for a hearty bowl of hot soup!

Well, that would have been nice, but I am aching for Spring to arrive. Wishful thinking, maybe, but I want Spring and I want it now! Hence this light and zesty, mushroom and herb pasta salad. After all, when the house is all toasty, you can pretend.

Herbful Pasta Salad

1 tbsp olive oil
12 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepper

2 cups Dishi Volanti pasta


1 handful fresh flat leaved parsley
1 handful fresh basil
1 handful fresh dill
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Cook the pasta until al dente and then rinse in cold water, to cool and stop the cooking process. Leave to drain.

Saute the mushrooms in the olive oil and garlic, until soft, then season.

Whizz up the dressing ingredients.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl, mix in the mushrooms and coat with the herb dressing.

Serves 4 - 6

Graham was sent home from work early because of the snow. A snow day, lucky him. He was very pleased to come home to warm house and a bowl of this pasta salad. It got a big thumbs up!

I am sending this salad over to Ruth at Once Upon A Feast as my entry for Presto Pasta Nights. I haven't entered a dish for ages, but I couldn't miss out on this line-up as it is the 100th edition. So a big congratulations to Ruth and her guest hosts for continuing to present us with a gorgeous selections of pasta dishes every week!


  1. I love your pasta - thought it was tortellini for a moment - nothing like fresh herbs to make any dish taste of sunshine!

  2. That looks so beautiful. Just the sight of it makes me feel warm and cozy.

  3. I can't tell you how lovely this looks! I long for springtime too!

  4. What a gorgeous pasta dish--that mix of herbs sounds delicious. Hope you enjoyed the snow ;)!

  5. Wow, this looks really delish! Definitely my kind of pasta dish.


  6. You have amazing snow in Scotland Holler. Here in Geordieland it just turns to slush! Lovely pasta dish.


  7. Looks lovely! simple and tasty!
    I'm envious of your walk in the snow. I also love that silence that a white sheet of snow gives.

  8. Ah, mushrooms and pasta - and a nice hope of spring! Enough to brighten the dullest wintry evening :)

  9. It really does make my mouth water...gorgeous photos and all my favorite ingredients. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  10. Looks like a wonderful pasta. I cannot have pasta without wonderful mushrooms, although I have never tried chestnut mushrooms.

  11. Oh, I LOVE you my dear because you say things like "herbful"... and you use the cutest pasta shapes ever to make delciousness!


  12. This looks delicious. I've never seen that pasta shape before, it's really cool!

  13. Hi Johanna, it does look a bit like tortellini. I was a lovely pasta to eat, I will be buying it again.

    Thanks Andrea :)

    Hi Diann, our days are getting slightly longer, so that helpps me think that winter will be over eventually.

    Hi Ricki, the dill really came through nicely. It is amazingly good with mushrooms. It was a bit of a try-see, that worked.

    Thanks Maria :)

    Slush is not good David! I woke up this morning and there are only little traces of snow in corners, so we managed to avoid the slush.

    Hi Sarah, It was great walking in the thick snow, with more snow drifting down and hardly anybody was out and about. It was a real pick-me-up :)

    Hi Lysy, I am ever hopefull :)

    Thanks Davimack :)

    Congratulations on your 100th edition Ruth! Now I am back online, I will have to go have a look at the roundup.

    Hi Parker, I love mushrooms too! I do eat a lot of them. Chesnut mushrooms are a bit like round closed cup mushrooms, but they are brown and have a bit more flavour.

    Thanks Lo :) If I can't find a word, I am quite happy to make one up :)

    It is a good one Pam :)

    Thanks Sara, I can take no credit, except for spotting it in the supermarket :)

  14. Mushrooms dill and pasta is such a great combo!

  15. This pasta looks really good. I can't wait to try making it.

  16. This sounds very energising and refreshing. I like it!

  17. Thanks Food Hunter :)

    Thank you Maninas :)

  18. I don't like mushrooms but your dish looks so pretty it's almost changed my mind! I love that pasta you've used - it looks cute somehow!

  19. Always, always love pasta combine with mushroom. Delicious!

  20. I cannot imagine not liking mushrooms CC! The pasta is cool, isn't it. My mum thinks it looks like shellfish and she is not keen. That made me laugh!

    Thanks Elra :)

  21. Of course I love this recipe! Your pictures are just gorgeous too.

  22. This looks great! I love fresh herbs, and I love the look of that pasta.

  23. That looks and sounds delicious, I adore anything with mushrooms in!

  24. that looks very beautiful i love your pasta

  25. This looks amazing an so tasty too.


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