Cheesy Pasta Mushroom Casserole ~ Simply Delicious Sunday


CHEESY PASTA MUSHROOM CASSEROLE
1 16 ounce package penne pasta **
1 cup boiling water
1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Classico Sun-dried tomato pesto
1 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon thyme
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups 1% milk
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon white pepper
4 ounces Fontina or Gruyere cheese, grated
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
PURE
  • Heat large saucepan of water to boiling. Add the pasta and cook 2 minutes less than the package label indicates. Drain well and return to pan.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Heat the 1 cup water in microwave oven on high for 2 minutes in a medium bowl.
  • Stir in mushrooms; let stand 15 minutes.
  • Drain mushrooms (reserving the liquid) and rinse to remove any grit. Finely chop and set aside.
  • Strain reserved liquid through sieve lined with paper towel and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook until tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in mushrooms and thyme.
  • Sprinkle flour over onion mixture in saucepan; cook 1 minute, stirring.
  • Whisk in milk, mushroom liquid, sun-dried tomato pesto, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring frequently.
  • Add mushroom sauce to pasta in the saucepan.
  • Stir in the Fontina, ricotta, and 1/2 of the Parmesan. Toss until well blended.
  • Spoon pasta into a sprayed 3-quart ceramic baking dish; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until center is hot and top is golden.
**I used shells because I was out of penne, but really any pasta works.
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8 comments:

forgetfulone said...

I'm saving this one for sure!

Emily @ Marvelous Recipes said...

This sounds really good. I'm sure my family will enjoy it and it sounds fairly simple to make. Thanks for sharing!
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Kristen said...

This sounds so delicious. I really need to stop reading recipes and go eat breakfast!!

Mom's Cafe Home Cooking said...

Oh that does look delightful! I have the recipe on my list to try. Thanks so much for sharing!

Karen said...

Oh yumm, this looks delicous !!!

I think I will have to come back and play next week, as I love finding new recipes.

Sherrie said...

Hi Tammy,
Looks really yummy! And it seems fairly simple to make! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Alice Audrey said...

This is certainly a good example of "simply delicious".

I'm running a bit late today. Something about the kids being out of school has me tripping all over myself.

Martha said...

This sounds good. I'll play along if I ever start cooking normally again - I was such a homemade only cook for so long and lately, well... ::sigh::