Creamy Mushroom Ricotta Pasta

Mushroom Ricotta Pasta on plate

4.8 from 8 reviews

I cannot stop making this creamy mushroom ricotta pasta! It’s made in under 30 minutes, uses minimal ingredients, is a meatless dish, and is a hearty dinner (think super special, but not complicated), that will make everyone fall in love with mushrooms all over again.


  • 12 ounces uncooked pasta (I like Jovial gluten-free elbow pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 16 ounces baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup leftover pasta water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta, plus more for garnish
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Cook pasta-of-choice following package directions. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta water before draining in a colander, then drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions and cook, for 3-5 minutes until beginning to soften. Then, add in mushrooms and cook until all their water has been released and evaporated, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic continue to cook for 1 minute, or just until the garlic softens.
  4. Add in red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and thyme to your mushroom mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and stir to combine, then add in your ricotta cheese. Add more reserved pasta as desired. I usually find 1/4 cup to be enough. Discard remaining if you don’t use.
  6. Add in pasta and stir until everything is evenly combined, adding in more pasta water as necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  7. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and the additional ricotta on top of the pasta if desired. Add a pinch of additional red pepper flakes, if desired, and serve.


  • You can make this dish more pasta heavy or less, just add in as much pasta as desired when combining the pasta in step 6!


Keywords: Mushroom Ricotta Pasta


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