Seriously, I SUCK at following recipes.

They’re like…I dunno, a black of excellence.

Give me suggestions and ingredients – I’ll make you something amazing.

Give me exact instructions – I tend to fail.

I have NO IDEA why this happens.


A day or so ago I saw (via Nigella Lawson’s Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme Mushrooms.

NO COOK?? Can be served hot OR cold??


Alas, it was not terrific.

Even with the addition of a GLORIOUS Burrata on top.

Or more cracked pepper.

Or more parmesan.



Maybe you have some tweaks? suggestions?

Besides adding more mushrooms or cheese (both of which I tried).

Not as yummy as I'd hoped/dreamed this could be. *sigh*

Not as yummy as I’d hoped/dreamed this could be.

Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme Mushrooms by Nigella Lawson

Print recipe HERE


4 cups (8 ounces) finely sliced cremini or button mushrooms **I used a 10oz package or Cremini. I know I know. I’m a big spender.

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 T Maldon or kosher salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt **I used Pacific Sea Salt that I bought on a recent trip to Penzey’s Spices (HEAVEN!)

1 small clove garlic, minced **I used some minces stuff form the fridge since I wasn’t cooking this. Otherwise I’d have used my frozen DOROT stuff. That stuff is so so great!

1 lemon, zested and juiced

4 sprigs fresh thyme stripped to give 1 teaspoon leaves **I grabbed some fresh stuff outta my garden.

1 pound linguine or other pasta shape

1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped, to give 1/2 cup **I didn’t have enough fresh, so mine was 1 part fresh to 2 parts dried.

2 to 3 T freshly grated Parmesan, to taste **Needed more.

Freshly ground black pepper

**I added a burrata to make this…more flavorful.

How To:

1- Slice the mushrooms finely, and put them into a large bowl with the oil, salt, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and gorgeously scented thyme leaves. **SERIOUSLY. THESE are Nigella’s words. Who couldn’t love a recipe telling you to use GORGEOUSLY SCENTED THYME LEAVES??

2- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and drain loosely retaining some water. Quickly put the pasta into the bowl with the mushroom mixture.

3- Toss everything together well, and then add the parsley, cheese, and pepper before tossing again. Eat with joy in your heart.



End Results:

Use half a lemon, double your parmesan and mushrooms, skip the fancy salt, adding in at the end to taste.

Oh, and add a Burrata.

Burratas should make EVERYTHING taste better.


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