I like pasta. Whatever you do with it, it will still be in an edible shape. I like it in tomato base, in the white sauce or as a salad. It is so versatile, that I wanted to try some other new version of it and I stumbled on Deesha’s post. I have tweaked her version to suit me but the basic idea is to have a creamy mushroom sauce for the pasta.
A yummy breakfast Platter
This pasta in mushroom sauce is so flavorful and simple to do, even my husband has approved it, though he is no mushroom fan. It is now him who asks for it once in a while. So, let us quickly cook up a yummy pasta.
Time: 35-40 mins or even less.
Pasta – 1 cup, boiled till al dente, I used fusilli variety, any other should also go well
button mushrooms – 100 gms.
onion – 1 medium sized
basil leaves – 2-3
garlic pods – 4-5
milk – 50 ml
cream – 1 tbsp. (optional – I skipped it this time, but trust me, it gives a very rich texture to the sauce)
butter – 1/2 tbsp.
salt to taste
black pepper – as per your taste
shredded cheese – for topping the pasta
oregano – 1 tsp.
some chopped coriander leaves for garnish.
Boil the pasta in a heavy bottom pan till al dente with some drops of oil and drain, refresh under cold running water and keep aside for draining the excess water.
Heat butter in a pan. Add basils, garlic pods, sliced onions and sliced mushrooms.
Sauté on high till the water of mushroom evaporates and onions and mushrooms turn golden brown.
Add salt and pepper. Add cream if you are using it.
Remove from flame and pour this in a mixer.
Add milk and make a puree of mushroom – onion mixture.
Now pour this sauce in a baking dish. The sauce should not be too thick or runny. Refer to the picture above.
Add some water if required.
Mix in the pasta and oregano in the sauce properly. Sprinkle some salt and mix. You can add chili flakes and pepper too. I avoided too much chilies to have a mild pasta for my daughter too.
Mix and top with shredded cheese.
Preheat the oven at 180 C. For cooking on gas, see notes. Place the pasta in oven and bake for 10-12 mins or until cheese turns light brown.
Remove and garnish with coriander leaves.
Relish!! With your fav juice and cheese toast.
To kick start the morning
Par boiled veggies of your choice can be added in pasta while baking.
To cook on gas, simply pour the sauce in the same pan and simmer for 5 mins. Add pasta and grated cheese and mix. Cook for 2 more mins.
al dente – cooking till firm but not hard.