Garlic Mushroom Ricotta Spaghetti

Sprucing up my college recipe with more “adulting” ingredients. Roasted garlic. Creamy ricotta. Earthy mushrooms. Rich in flavor. Cheap for the wallet.

TERP NATION. I may be out of college for a few years now (don’t ask how long), but those quick recipes still hit the spot. Working with limited ingredients, little money, and too many friends to feed – you always knew pasta was the way to go. I mean…, I had Route 1 bars, EntouRAAS practice, or McKeldin Library to get to (I miss you UMD College Park!).

Me and my best friend, who just so happened to be my roommate for 3 years, used to love hosting  dinner parties with our friends at our Commons apartment. Creating 3 course menus, exchanging gifts (during the Holidays), drinking Natty Light & Barefoot Moscato (our tastes weren’t as refined yet lol), and just chilling overall. Pasta usually was the main course. I’d take bottled Alfredo Sauce with Sriracha and create this Asian-Italian fusion dish.

This recipe is inspired by just that – but since refined!

Beyoncé got hot sauce in her bag. I got Sriracha in my fridge 24/7. It’s that one hot sauce that went with everything – sandwiches, Chinese Take-Out, fries, late-night god know’s what we ate, etc. It’s a strong flavor, so have to be careful in portions, especially in pasta dishes. That’s why I specifically tested & curated the Sriracha portion to ensure it doesn’t mask the earthiness of the mushrooms, fragrance of the butter roasted garlic, and creaminess of the ricotta – but still adds the punch.

Happy dinner party eating like the good ol’ college days!   

PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
YIELD: 2-4 servings


  • 1/2 Box Spaghetti, cooked per box instructions (save the water!)
  • 1 8 oz. pack Portobello Mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Thai Green Chili or Serrano Chili finely minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta
  • 1/2 cup Grated or Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp. Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Butter (can use salted or unsalted per preference)
  • 1 cup Reserved Pasta Water


  1. In saute pan over medium-to-low heat, heat up Olive Oil and Butter until melted. Add chopped Garlic and optional Thai Green Chili/Serrano pepper. Saute for ~30 seconds.
  2. Sprinkle in Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder, Ground Black Pepper and Salt.
  3. Add in sliced Mushrooms and Sriracha. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until mushrooms are slightly reduced/little to no liquid in the pan. Lower heat to lowest setting.
  4. Slowly stir in Ricotta and Reserved Pasta Water until creaminess forms. For a more “creamy liquidy” sauce, continue to add Reserved Pasta Water until desired consistency. Adjust salt/pepper levels as needed. Turn off heat.
  5. Stir in cooked Spaghetti Noodles and Parmesan Cheese until incorporated.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

#TashTip: Garnish with additional Parmesan Cheese & Chopped Parsley as needed. If sauce becomes “too liquidy”, add more Parmesan Cheese to thicken it up! Try with shrimp & chicken. 

3 Comments Add yours

    1. Means a lot, thank you so much!! 🙂

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