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Mushroom Rigatoni Recipe

Mushroom Rigatoni Recipe

Whether you're a vegetarian or are simply looking for a hearty alternative to meaty pasta, your taste buds will thank you for this mushroom-filled meal. And mushrooms aren't just tasty -- they're packed with nutrients, like vitamin D and potassium, which can help boost immunity and lower blood pressure. Combined wth cheesy pasta this healthy recipe is always a winner. 

Ingredients:  

  • 8 ounces uncooked gigli or radiatore pasta
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 8 ounces sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Asiago cheese, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375°.

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well. Set cooked pasta aside.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1 tablespoon thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add sherry; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Place flour in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; add 1/2 cup cheese, stirring until melted. Add pasta and mushroom mixture to cheese mixture, tossing well to combine.

Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.    

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories 474; fat 16g; saturated fat 8g; cholesterol 40mg; sodium 745mg; carbohydrate 61.4g; fiber 3.3g; protein 21.8g; calcium 386mg

Medically reviewed in March 2019.

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