This creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle is the perfect date night dinner – it can be on the table in 15 minutes, and the flavours are incredible!

Portion of creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle topped with parmesan and parsley.

If there was ever a dish that demonstrated the name of this blog perfectly, it’s this creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle. It’s easy. It’s cheesy. And, you guessed it, it’s vegetarian.

In just 15 minutes, you could have a bowlful of this ultra creamy, cheesy, garlicky pasta on the table. Do it now!

Portion of creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle in a white bowl with garlic bread.

Simple ingredients

There aren’t a huge amount of ingredients in this recipe, but they all go beautifully together – such a perfect combination.

Garlic + mushrooms = a match made in heaven
Mushrooms + parsley = a match made in heaven
Garlic + cream cheese = a match made in heaven
Creamy sauce + pasta = a match made in heaven

I mean, I’m not going to go through all the different combinations, but you get the idea. Simple ingredients, paired together in simple ways, to create a simple pasta dish that’s much greater than the sum of its parts.

Creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle in a bowl with garlic bread.

15 minute dinner

Sometimes it can take over an hour to cook dinner, only for it to be gobbled up in 3 minutes flat – it’s so disheartening. But not with this creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle – it can be on your table in just 15 minutes!

I love quick meals like this – the sauce cooks in the time the pasta’s boiling, so everything comes together without any fuss.

Garlic mushrooms cooking in a frying pan.

Garlic mushrooms

The recipe starts by frying up some garlicky mushrooms.

There’s no better smell in the world than mushrooms frying with garlic and butter!

You want to cook them until they’re starting to turn slightly golden – it adds such a lovely flavour.

Then, just add some cream cheese and a dash of milk to create that glossy, silky sauce, along with some grated parmesan.

Creamy garlic mushroom sauce cooking in a frying pan.

Is parmesan cheese vegetarian?

In the EU, ‘parmesan’ is actually a protected term, and all real parmesan cheese is made with animal rennet. Therefore, parmesan cheese is unfortunately not vegetarian.

However, it’s really easy to find a vegetarian version – in the UK, it’s often called something generic like ‘Italian hard cheese’, and it’s pretty much identical as far as I can tell, just without the animal rennet.

Bonus – it’s usually much cheaper too!

I believe other countries don’t have the same restrictions over the use of the word ‘parmesan’, so you may be able to find vegetarian cheese labelled as parmesan. Either way, just make sure you double check the label if you’d like to make sure your cheese is vegetarian!

Creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle in a frying pan.

Fresh tagliatelle

Finally, just add the cooked pasta, and you’re done!

I used fresh tagliatelle, which cooks in about 5 minutes. You can use dried tagliatelle instead if you prefer – it will just take a few extra minutes to cook.

Or, of course, any other shape of pasta works just fine too! I don’t discriminate.

Portion of creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle in a bowl, topped with parmesan and parsley.

Perfect date night dinner

I love cooking a meal like this creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle for date nights with my husband. It doesn’t take long to cook, so there’s plenty of time to relax afterwards with a glass of white wine.

Plus, since it’s so simple to make, you can both help in the kitchen without getting too irritated with each other.

(or is that just us?)

Garlic mushroom tagliatelle with garlic bread in a bowl.
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Creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle

This creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle is the perfect date night dinner – it can be on the table in 15 minutes, and the flavours are incredible!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 250 g (~ 9 oz) mushrooms, sliced (I used chestnut mushrooms)
  • 250 g (~ 9 oz) fresh tagliatelle
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp heaped full fat cream cheese
  • 75 ml (~ 1/4 cup) milk
  • 50 g vegetarian parmesan-style cheese, finely grated (~ 1/3 cup when grated)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan, and add the sliced mushrooms. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until fairly soft.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, boil the tagliatelle in plenty of water until cooked al dente – it usually only takes a few minutes, especially if you’re using fresh tagliatelle. Dried tagliatelle will take a few extra minutes.
  • When the mushrooms are fairly soft, add the garlic and the butter. Cook for a few more minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the mushrooms have started to turn golden brown.
  • Lower the heat, and add the cream cheese, milk, and grated cheese. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper, as well as the chopped parsley. Cook gently for a few minutes, until the cheese melts to create a smooth, glossy sauce.
  • When the sauce is hot, add the cooked tagliatelle, and toss to coat. You can add a dash more milk if the sauce seems too thick. Serve immediately topped with more parsley and grated parmesan.
Course: Main meals
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: creamy pasta, garlic mushrooms, mushroom pasta, quick dinner
Author: Becca Heyes
Nutrition Facts
Creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 612 Calories from Fat 238
% Daily Value*
Fat 26.4g41%
Saturated Fat 11.8g59%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 68.7g23%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27.2g54%
Calcium 296mg30%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/2 the recipe.

Love mushrooms? My mushroom bourguignon is another really easy mushroom recipe!