This is another recipe out of the fabulous Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. For some reason, my kids weren't fans of this. However, Curtis and I were so I'll be making this again!
Just a warning, this recipe does use a lot of pots and pans. Deal with it. It's totally worth it.
This serves 4.
adapted from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
1/4 c olive oil
6 c button mushrooms, halved (or quartered or sixthed depending on how big the mushrooms are)
3/4 c white wine or water
2 bay leaves
4 thyme sprigs, leaves picked and chopped
3/4 t sugar (if you aren't using wine, omit)
1 c heavy cream
grated zest of 2 lemons
6 T chopped parsley
6 T panko or white bread crumbs
1 -2 bunches broccolini, leaves removed and cut into 2 1/2" long pieces or 2 - 3 small heads of broccoli, cut into small florets
1 lb dried pappardelle
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. At the same time, bring a medium pot of slated water to a boil for the broccoli/broccolini. While the water comes to a boil, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown and release their juices, stirring occasionally. Add the wine/water, bay leaf, thyme leaves, and sugar (if using wine). Bring to boil and reduce the liquid by 2/3rds. Add the cream and stir to mix. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Taste and add plenty of salt and pepper. Keep warm.
In a small pan over medium heat, toast the panko until golden, stirring as needed to brown evenly. Be sure to watch closely--the panko browns quickly. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the parsley and lemon zest. Set aside.
Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Reserve about 1 c of pasta water and then drain pasta once al dente. While the pasta cooks, cook the broccoli or broccolini in the medium pot of water until bright green and crisp tender (about 2 minutes for broccolini--longer for broccoli). Drain. Add the broccoli to the mushroom sauce and stir.
Place the pasta in a large serving bowl. Add the mushroom/broccoli sauce and half the lemon zest/parsley mixture and toss to combine. If the pasta looks dry, add some of the reserved pasta cooking water. Stir the remaining lemon zest/parsley mixture with the golden panko. Sprinkle over top of the pasta.