King Oyster Mushroom “Pappardelle Noodles”

King Oyster Mushroom "Pappardelle Noodles"

Can you spot the pasta in this picture?

Is it right there in the bowl? Nope, that’s not it. It’s really King Oyster mushrooms (also known as trumpet mushrooms), thinly sliced to resemble the flat ribbons of pappradelle noodles, there’s no actual pasta in the entire dish.

At John Bentley’s, a very nice, upscale restaurant in Redwood City, CA serving seasonal New American cuisine, there’s only one entree on the menu that could easily be made vegan. It was this dish, Trumpet Mushroom “Pappardelle”.

So simple and good. I loved it so much, I had to recreate it at home. I have no idea if this is how the restaurant makes it. This is my homemade version.

For long “noodles”, I used the largest King Oysters I could find. It’ll seem like a lot of mushrooms, but it cooks down quite a bit. For the sauce, I adapted the recipe for Tomato Marina from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials.

Unlike real pasta, the mushroom “noodles” is very light. Serve it with soup, salad, or garlic bread.

King Oyster Mushroom “Pappardelle Noodles”
Serves 2 as part of a meal

4 Large King Oyster mushrooms
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
6 Kalamatas olives, sliced
Fresh basil for garnish
Couple tablespoons of tomato sauce

Make the tomato sauce and set aside. Wash and slice the mushrooms thinly into the shape of a long, flat noodle. Heat a sauté pan to hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds. Add the mushrooms and cook until just tender. Transfer to a bowl, add a couple tablespoons of the tomato sauce. Gently toss to coat. Add the olives and toss again. To serve, garnish with the basil.

Tomato Sauce
Makes about 1/2 cup
1 cup tomatoes (use cherry or roma)
1 small Medjool date
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Pit and finely chop the Medjool date. Cut the larger tomatoes in half or quarters. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until chunky smooth.

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18 Comments so far

  1. amey on December 20th, 2012

    whoa! this seems like such a wild idea… I’m not a huge shroom fan, but this really sounds good.

    also! you won one of my cookbooklettes! Just send me your mailing address! :)

  2. india-leigh on December 20th, 2012

    flabbergasted – pasta from fungi?!! Wow. What does it taste like?

  3. Cheryl on December 20th, 2012

    Where do you get King Oyster Mushrooms?

  4. Noelle (@singerinkitchen) on December 20th, 2012

    WOW!!!! I have had those mushrooms and now I have a new way to make this recipe!!! YUM!

  5. Andrea on December 20th, 2012

    What? How on earth did you do that? They look exactly like noodles. I can’t believe I can cut the mushrooms thin enough but this is something I want to try.

  6. LittleMonsterx14 on December 20th, 2012

    omg that is so cool! does it taste like mushrooms. or more like pasta?

  7. chow on December 21st, 2012

    amey – Yay! Thanks so much!

    india-leigh – It taste like sauteed mushrooms.

    Cheryl – I get King Oyster Mushrooms at the Asian supermarket. They have some that’s from China but they also started carrying organic US-grown ones too. I get the US ones. Sometimes I see them at the local farmer’s market too.

    Noelle – I would never have thought to cook mushrooms this way before eating at the restaurant.

    Andrea – I didn’t think I could cut them thin enough either. They’re not paper thin or anything, they just shrink down when cooked.

    LittleMonsterx14 – It taste like mushrooms, it’s only in a pasta shape. :-)

  8. Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur on December 22nd, 2012

    This looks great, and I can’t believe how much the mushrooms look like pasta! I’m not much of a pasta fan myself but I do love a good mushroom! I’ll have to try this as soon as I can find some King Oyster mushrooms

  9. Hannah on December 22nd, 2012

    Amazing! I’ve seen mushrooms used to stand in for all sorts of improbable things (seafood in particular) but never, ever noodles. This is downright ground-breaking! I’m thrilled by this post and absolutely have to try it, asap.

  10. janet @ the taste space on December 22nd, 2012

    I love how versatile mushrooms can be and this is pretty novel. Can’t wait to try it out. :)

  11. Jes on December 27th, 2012

    Oh wow, mushroom noodles! I’m going to have to try that technique out super soon. The whole dish looks seriously warm & dreamy.

  12. mrsleny on December 27th, 2012

    That looks amazing!

  13. natalie on January 11th, 2013

    YUM! this looks amazing.

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  15. Ginnyfraase on February 24th, 2013

    Thank you for this sharing this wonderful dish. Just came from the Asian market and loaded up on mushrooms. I can’t wait to try this dish. I am about to make wild mushroom tamales. Excited to get started:)!

  16. Mr & Mrs Vegan on February 27th, 2013

    This is the most brilliant idea ever! You make mushroom even cooler:) Love the recipes on your blog:) Makes being a vegan so much easier and yummy too.

    Cheers,
    Roland & Priscilla

  17. Krista Francis on April 25th, 2013

    I tried this recipe and maybe I didn’t cook the mushrooms correctly but it was very spongey and ruggery. Any advice?

  18. chow on April 26th, 2013

    Krista Francis – I’m sorry to hear that, I’m not sure what went wrong. But here’s a link on how to saute mushrooms. It explains the process much better than I can plus it has pictures. Hope that helps.
    http://www.menshealth.com/guy-gourmet/how-saut-mushrooms

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