Linguine with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms

Yesterday the rain and storms were comparable to a tropic system. Tornado watches and warnings...the sky had that greenish hue that generally precedes tornadic activity. Scary stuff. We had to drive the dogs to a place where we could walk them.

When we got back, the rain was coming in vertical sheets, smacking the car sideways, very had gotten worse. I brilliantly had chosen to wear my wellies and a slicker so, protected from the rain, I grabbed a dog from the back seat, ran in the house and back to grab the princess dog, back in the house. Doug ran in with the Harp ale and we stayed inside for the rest of the evening.

By morning my wellies are sinking into the ground all around our pathway from house to cars. One step and my boot just sinks fast about 12 inches. I pulled it out and realized it had been an ant bed. Back to the porch to get rid of the wellies in case live, red biting ants come streaming up and inside my boot while I'm driving.

Now, late afternoon, here is a snap of the ant bed. It had been mounded up about six inches tall.

It's afternoon and has dried up a bit. I didn't want to stick my topsiders all the way inside the hole but you get the was about a foot deep.

Right, well it's not really an exciting story but I've now gone to the trouble to add the pictures so it's staying.

On to Nigella.

Linguine with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms
Adapted by Tina

I know I wrote that Nigella was killing our waistlines with all her rich recipes. But this one isn’t bad. No rich heavy creams or butter. So, lets knock another one off the list.

Three simple steps and here are the ingredients.

8 ounces (or 4 cups) finely sliced cremini mushrooms

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon salt

Small clove garlic, minced

Zest and juice of a lemon

4 springs thyme ( 1 teaspoon)

1 pound linguine


Parmesan cheese

Freshly ground pepper

Step 1 – Slice the mushrooms finely, put in a large bowl with oil, salt, minced garlic, lemon juice and zest and thyme. Mix well.

NOTE: I did not zest the lemon and used the juice from both halves. After my painful yet non-fatal lemon zesting accident I chose to abstain from the zesting for awhile.

Here are the mushrooms, finely chopped.

Step 2 – Cook the pasta according to instructions and drain loosely. You can keep a bit of the water. Quickly put the pasta into the bowl with the lemon mixture.

Step 3 – Toss everything together well adding cheese, parsley and pepper.

That’s it! Serve with French bread and salad.

Nigella Express, Hey Presto section, page 291


Joie de vivre said...

That is one huge ant bed. I love how you are braving the rain to save your doggie babies and your hubby is braving the rain to save the beer. :)

Wandering Coyote said...

...And it snowed here, today.

This recipe actually caught my eye when I was going over the book for my review. I should totally make it because I've been craving pasta, but not pasta sauce.

Le laquet said...

Oh wow - that must have been really fresh and zingy. Yum!

The wellies totally did come in handy - red biting ants and wolf spiders?? Thank god I didn't know that when I visited Florida!

Van Santos said...

I'm in the process of growing shitake mushrooms, I've bookmarked this to try once I have my batch ready.

Donna-FFW said...

LOVE the sound of this recipe.. All the flavors, so delicious. Picture is wonderful, to boot!

Lord of Squirrel Head Manor said...


It's a tough job, but someone had to do it! ;-)

Pierce said...

Joie - I don't think I knew I hit that ant bed the first time I went through in the rain! And Harp ale was worth saving :-)

WC - Damn! How long is your season for getting snow. It's April for christ's sake. That recipe is pretty good. I had trouble mixing the mushroom mix up in the pasta so some of it, I served on the side.

Jo - Good pasta - try it! I never told you about the water moccasin in the front yard by the door. But remember, we live in a rural area.

Van - Do you have a post at your place on how to grow the mushrooms?

Donna - Thanks! Love your vodka slushies :)

Van Santos said...

No post as of yet but you've just motivated me to get off my bum and do one.

I'll take care of it on Tuesday or Wednesday and I'll let you know once it's up!

Sound good?

Tangled Noodle said...

The recipe is great but that ant bed is freaky! Glad everyone is safe - you, Doug, pups, and Harper. 8-)

Back to the recipe - I am definitely making this one!

Le laquet said...

My parents' home is like that - very rural, so snakes hanging from tree branches and mice traps on the kitchen counters at night.

Pierce said...

Van Santos - I will be popping in at your place to check it out! Always happy to motivate :-)

Hiya Tangled Noodle - I haven't chatted with you in awhile. Yes, definately try this one. It's very good especially if you like lemons.

Jo - What sort of snakes? Hope they aren't poisonous !

Van said...

Just an FYI... I haven't forgotten about the mushroom post. I am just behind on stuff.


Greek Salad - better late than never #SouperSunday

Does anyone actually say Happy Monday? Probably not. Well, I am happy to have the morning part over and knowing the alarm will only be se...