Main Meals

Creamy mushroom conchiglie

15 minutes
20 minutes

“I love the way the sauce falls into the pockets of the shells. They’re also great stuffed with creamed spinach and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce.” – Abigail Donnelly

Wine/Spirit Pairing
Ken Forrester Viognier

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  • 4 T olive oil
  • 4 T butter, plus 60 g
  • 400 g large brown mushrooms, torn into quarters
  • 1 T garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups cream
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 150 g Woolworths diced wood-smoked bacon, fried until crispy
  • 100 g pecorino, grated
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 400 g Woolworths conchiglie, cooked al dente

1. Heat half the oil and 4 T butter in a pan. Cook half the mushrooms, then set aside. Cook the remaining mushrooms.

2. Place all the mushrooms in the pan and add the garlic and cream. Simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Heat the remaining butter and the thyme in a small pan and simmer until golden brown, about a minute. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.

4. Divide the pasta between bowls and spoon over the sauce. Scatter over the bacon and cheese and season to taste. Spoon over the browned butter.

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Photographs: Jan Ras
Food assistants: Claire-Ellen Van Rooyen and Tahila Pillay

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

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    Alexandra Timcke
    14 July 2023

    My husband came home from Gym, I had an amazing pasta planned. I never read properly, but do I have all ingredients when walking into Woolworths after work yes ✅ am I ready to cook up an amazing dinner ? ✅ does the Woolworths I go to have conchiglie… no but let’s improvise… start cooking and instructions ask for cream… CREAM!!!! Not in the ingredients??? I wasted over R250 on that!
    Thanks Woolworths a dedicated customer 😪

    1. Annzra Denita
      17 July 2023

      Hi there, apologies for the error in the recipe and thank you for bringing it our attention. We have now updated the recipe in to include the cream. We are also sorry about the pasta not being available at your Woolies. We are the TASTE team and cannot assist with customer queries We recommend sending a message to the Woolies Facebook/Instagram page or a mail to – we’re sure they’ll be happy to help. – Best, Annzra Denita Naidoo, Online Editor

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