Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens

Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens |

I hope you will forgive my lengthy radio silence. I have been mired in renovation “problems”. Ask any contractor who steps through my door and he (invariably he) will tell you “um, there is a problem”. If I had a dime for every time I heard “Sarah, we have a problem,” I’d have paid for my renovation and then some.

There were the floors (wrong colour), the glass (first time broken, second time too big), the carpet (too big to fit through the door), the wallpaper (damaged in shipping), the vent hood (too long!) and the countertops (too short). Oh, and a chronic problem with the LED dimmers. God help me.

Most of these “problems” could—of course—only be solved by an exorbitant payment or by a heated argument with the supplier of said problematic thing. Which means I am nearly insolvent, totally exhausted and ready to throw in the renovation towel.

Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens |

In the midst of all these trials, I did manage to eek out one recipe, and I’ve been remiss in sharing it with you. I created it for my friends over at Mushrooms Canada, a wonderful non-profit organization with the important goal of encouraging us to buy and eat more fresh Canadian ‘shrooms! Three cheers!

This Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens (click through to find the recipe on the Mushrooms Canada blog) is the kind of meal we have been surviving on this winter—basic inexpensive ingredients, bold flavours and (most importantly) dead easy. It’s also perfect if you’ve got any mushroom skeptics living under your roof, as I do. The skeptics can easily pluck the mushroom slices out (until that day when they inevitably realize that mushrooms are DELICIOUS!), while the rest of the family gets their mushroom fix.

If you are scratching your head over the “caramelized mushrooms” component of the recipe, never fear. It’s actually super simple, and worth the few minutes of of extra time it takes to get the mushrooms golden brown and sweet.

Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens |

For more great mushroom-y recipes, check out the Mushrooms Canada website and blog. And stay tuned for my next creation for Mushrooms Canada, coming to the blog in September.

Disclosure: This post is presented in partnership with Mushrooms Canada. I received compensation to develop this fantastic mushroom-containing recipe and share it with you. 

13 Responses to Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens

  1. Craig V. February 24, 2020 at 11:56 pm #

    Yet another reason why I should keep caramelizing my mushrooms despite the complains of all my guests who despise the smell!! Love you!

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  4. Roxana March 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    I’m not a fan of pastas, but this dish looks amazing and sooo tasty! x

  5. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles March 6, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    It’s great to see you back in action Sarah ~ I’ve missed you. While I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of smooth renovations, it does sound like you’ve been hit extra hard. What a drag. I sure hope that at the end of it all, you get what you had hoped for and that you still have a little energy left over to share a spread of your new environs (would love that). This meal looks gorg – captivated by that seared shroom in the middle of the central shot – it’s definitely calling out to me.

  6. GlassesShop March 2, 2016 at 1:48 am #

    Great post, thank you for the sharing

  7. Sean February 26, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    I am, admittedly a mushroom skeptic. In my youth, I was a skeptic concerning all things fungi, but after having discovered a bunch of mushrooms I actually do love, I’ve become more of a crimini mushroom skeptic. Something textural just puts me off. That being said, the idea of caramelizing the mushrooms seems really appealing! I’m sure it adds depth of flavour, and (perhaps?) a textural difference. In any case, colour me impressed – I wouldn’t be picking those mushrooms out!

  8. Jared @ February 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    This recipe looks really amazing! Penne is my favourite pasta shape… my mouth is watering!

  9. kristy @ she eats February 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    oh sarah. i am the exact opposite of a mushroom skeptic. i live for the ‘shrooms! 😉

    seriously. this looks divine. i hope your reno problems get smoothed out soon. i say you should promise the contractor a meal of these babies and he’ll figure it out in no time. haha..


  10. Natalie February 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    This recipe is right up my alley. It looks super delicious 🙂

  11. Julia February 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    This looks so delicious! I love pasta and sausage, so I think this is a real winner.

  12. Diana L. February 26, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    No encouragement needed here, I LOVE mushrooms! And this recipe looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Meaghan February 26, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Yum Sarah! This dish looks delicious. I have some sausage in the fridge that needed to get used. Thanks for solving my dinner dilemma… Now if only renovation dilemmas could be solved so easily!! Good luck 😉

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