Quick & Easy Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 11, 2013


This weekend, I had one thing on my mind: comfort food.

and tea. Lots of tea.


It’s probably not the proper thing for me to admit as a grown ass woman (sorry, it sounded much better than typing “adult”), but I absolutely love snow storms. They always bring me back to my childhood. I remember going to bed super excited and as soon as my eyes opened in the morning, I’d rush over to the window to peek out. Actually, come to think of it, I’d usually wake up in the middle of the night and peek out the window to “check on things”.

In the morning, I was either 1) super disappointed and let down by the weather man/woman or 2) CRAZY EXCITED because school was cancelled!

I bet you can guess how I felt waking up on Friday morning. I screamed to Eric, “let’s go play in the snow later!” As you can guess, he did not share my same enthusiasm.


We’ve had very little snowfall over the past few winters, so it was nice to get a good dose of snow for once. As a child growing up in the Maritimes, snow storms are in my blood. Don’t get me wrong, I’m counting down the days until spring, but sometimes a good snow day is just what you need to feel alive again.

Cozy weather called for clean-out-my-pantry comfort food. This pasta dish was thrown together based on what I had kicking around and it turned out good enough to share. The best part is, it came together in about 20 minutes or so. Easy comfort food…my favourite kind.


Quick and Easy Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta

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Yield: 3 servings


  • 2-3 servings of pasta (I used fusili)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8-oz sliced cremini mushrooms (2-3 cups sliced)*
  • 1-1.5 cups canned diced tomatoes, to taste
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4-1/3 cup nutritional yeast, to taste
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in your pasta and cook until Al dente, about 7-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and onion in the olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until translucent.

3. Stir in the sliced mushrooms and diced tomato and cook for another 8-10 minutes or so over medium-high heat, until some of the water cooks off.

4. Stir in the fresh basil, nutritional yeast, tomato paste, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes. Add salt to taste. Simmer for another 5 minutes or so and adjust seasonings to taste if desired.

5. Drain pasta and add back into the pot. Stir in the pasta sauce, heat, and serve immediately with Cheezy Garlic Bread if you’d like.


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Jenna February 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

I love these kind of pasta dishes. Easy and full of flavor. Congrats on the nom.


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

As a matter of fact, school was delayed 2 hours here today due to the snowy weather! My kids were happy to be able to sleep in a bit longer. I love pasta dishes with mushrooms and tomato, perfect for a cold winter day.


Eating 4 Balance February 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

This sounds amazing. Kind of reminds me of a vegan goulash.

You know what’s even better than a cancellation? A school cancellation announced the night before! Then you get to sleep in and not even worry about checking the news. Boy, I wish college had closings and delays. :)


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

This looks delicious. Quick and easy is right up my alley. Try to stay warm!


Miche February 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

Every time that I see or hear “fusilli” I can’t help but think about Fusilli Jerry from Seinfeld, hehehe.

The dish looks quite yummy and perfect for warming up on a cold snowy afternoon!


Aggie Starling February 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

This is dinner tonight! It’s like a classed up, vegan version of a major staple in my house as a kid. Awesome!

Keep warm! Stay safe!


Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife February 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

yum the pasta looks delicious! I love easy pasta meals because they are always so delicious!


Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

This sounds so comforting and amazing! I had a snow day from work on Friday– not nearly as nice as a snow day from school. I just stressed about the work I couldnt get done and hoped that anyone who made it in could cover everything


Tammy Root February 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

This looks yummy Ange. :)

By the way, I voted. You are too modest Angela!!!! Post this to your FB and Twitter accounts so people can vote for you! You have a lot of supporters and I know they would love to vote for Oh She Glows!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Tammy :) You are sweet.


Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Yum– what a perfectly comforting dish for a cold winter night! Love it!


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} February 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Yum! This looks like the perfect meal to throw together on a snowy winter evening.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Yum this sounds so good Ange, and perfect for that crazy snowy weather we got on Friday! I also had a clean-out-the-pantry dinner that night because going to the grocery store was completely out of the question, even though it’s only 2 mins away!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

That looks absolutely delicious and as for the snow? Here’s another grown ass woman declaring her love for the stuff as well! We’ve been out snowshoeing 3x this year and I’m hoping for a few more chances before the dreary rain of Spring moves in. I will gladly shovel snow, build snowmen, sled, all of it! YAY SNOW!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

hah just reading your comment made me excited more for the snow!


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

That snow. Omg. I grew up in MN and remember blizzards and storms like that. Be safe, dry, and warm…inside! And eat this and lots of cookies, too :) I have been so into mushrooms lately. I bought a huge container on Friday and they’re all gone! I love them – this is perfect!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

same here…sometimes I just saute an entire package of mushrooms and eat the whole thing paired with some marinara sauce! Kinda stinky, but they taste good :)


Garnet and Jenny February 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Simple, Amazing, Comforting, and talk about craving this! What a fantastic share; keep enjoying the snow.


Sonia the Mexigarian February 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Mmmmm yes. This shall hit the spot nicely. Creamy mushroom. . . .I am drooling just looking at your images.


[email protected] February 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Deliciously simple! Man I hope the snow eases for your guys soon!!! Maybe one more snow day wouldn’t hurt though right :)


Eileen February 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Well, I certainly share your enthusiasm for snow–although I think living in California, where I never have to shovel, probably helps quite a bit with that. :) That pasta sound delicious and easy too!


[email protected] for the Soul February 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

haha I wouldn’t know anything about blizzards/snow storms, but I think it’s cool that you enjoy them! I always hear most people dreading them like the plague :P And this looks so yummy! You definitely have lots of tasty recipes Angela.


Heather February 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I get the same kind of giddy excitement when we’re supposed to get snow. The best part is going for ‘snow walks’ the next day once everything has settled down. The world seems so quiet and still :-)


Rose February 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

awesome, thanks for sharing this inspiration – nice to have a different take on an easy pasta dish, I sometimes get stuck in ruts of making the same comfort foods over and over but this should go down a storm tomorrow with my brood! And totally with you on the snow storm front – let your inner child be free and don’t worry about the Mr’s lack of shared enthusiasm!! love and light X


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I am the same way with snow! Even though here in WI snow isn’t rare, it’s still awesome to think there is a possibility of a “snow day”!


The Vegan Cookie Fairy February 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

We had snow in London today but it was only a light fall… still, it made me giddy as a child on Christmas day :) (Who am I kidding, I’m 20 and I’m still giddy on Christmas day, and probably still will be when I’m 80!) This looks like the perfect dish for this type of weather/mood.


Suzanna February 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Too cute, LOVE IT!


Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Hi Angela,

I LOVE your site. This recipe looks amazing…and I’ll probably cook it for dinner tonight as I have all the ingredients in my pantry already. Just wanted to show my support! I’ve made so many of your recipes and so far – they have all been delicious! Thanks Angela :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi Jennifer, I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it out! Thanks for leaving me such a lovely comment.


Allison February 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I totally agree! Even though I’m grown up now, I think I am just as excited for snow storms as I was when I was little.


Shannan February 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

YUM! Although, I may leave out the mushrooms for my portion. I don’t like them. :X It’s one of my husbands favorite things though!


Wanderelle February 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I just skated over to thekitchn and voted for you! Your blog is wonderful, witty and keeps me in the kitchen and laughing (which is no small feat considering I’m 30 and just purchased and used my first food processor last month thanks to your easy, tasty, and most importantly healthy recipes). Thanks for sharing your life, crazy stories, and recipes! Good luck!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Thank you, I appreciate it!!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

This sounds fabulous!! I love snow storms too. ;-)


Suzanne February 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I am SO with you on the snow enthusiasm – we love it here! I love the change of seasons and need this hibernating comfort food time of year! Playing in the snow beforehand makes the food taste oh-so-much-better!
Going to vote for you :)


Picky Nicky February 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I always add nutritional yeast to my pasta sauce :) Isn’t it just amazing???


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Ahhh, yes… one more reason I wish the hubby ate mushrooms! :) Looks delish.


Marielle | Vega in Vianen February 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

When I met mine almost seven years ago (o dear…), he didn’t eat tomatoes, he didn’t like mushrooms and whenever I put a veggie meal on the table, I got the ‘no meat in this?!’ response. By now, we eat almost entirely vegan at home (I throw in the occasional bit of cheese or egg on his side of the dish to keep him happy), he loves tomatoes and he absolutely doesn’t mind mushrooms! I’ll admit, a lot of screaming and yelling was involved in the process (and a lot of ‘before you start, taste it.’, but he seems more adaptable to food than I ever wished for. Which doesn’t mean that yours will start eating mushrooms, but I thought I’d at least give you the hope.


Katie February 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Thank you for dinner tonight! I was wondering what else to do with my mushrooms!!


Roan February 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Hi Angela,
I have been reading your blog for several months now, and I cook your recipes all the time! I usually have to double or triple them for my family of 7, but we have all enjoyed everything that I have cooked from your blog! I make a mega version of your protein bars at least once a week (using 15 cups oats/krispie cereal!).
Just wanted to say hi and thank you for all of your awesome recipes!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Hi Roan :) Thanks for your lovely comment! So glad you are enjoying the recipes.


Ivy February 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

This looks delicious! I will definitely have to try this as my boyfriend LOVES pasta and I’m always trying to find ways to make our pasta meals healthier and vegan. P.S. Totally just voted for you:) Good luck!


Alex @ Delicious-Knowledge.com February 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I love quick and easy pasta dishes- they are my go-to on weeknights when I don’t feel like stopping by the store after dinner


Kirsty February 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Great recipe … I just voted too!! We can’t let Caveman win which I assume isn’t plant friendly … ; )


Diane February 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Perfect quick dinner tonight. Added some capers to the dish too. Clean plates tonight. Now the problem… no leftovers to send for lunch tomorrow…


Jacquelynn February 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I am the same way about snow storms! If we are getting one, I still get up to peek out the window to see if it snowed a bunch!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

This looks so great, which I find so funny for me to say because I used to be “afraid” of mushrooms! ;) Since becoming a vegetarian, though, I have discovered a new-found love for them. Adapting a vegetarian (often vegan) diet has truly changed my taste buds and cravings for the better. I love it! :)


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