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Creamy Mushroom Pasta Bake

Ultra creamy baked combination of rigatoni, roasted mushrooms, baby spinach, thyme, Fontina, and ricotta.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the roasted mushrooms

  • 1 1/2 pounds Baby Bella mushrooms quartered
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Remaining ingredients

  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 3/4 pound ricotta
  • 1/2 pound fontina cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces baby spinach steamed, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano divided
  • 1 pinch nutmeg optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450f and set one rack to the second-lowest position and the other to the middle of the oven. Toss mushrooms with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread out mushrooms on a baking sheet and roast on the lower rack for 15-20 minutes or until well browned. Don't overcrowd the mushrooms. Use two sheets if necessary.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water (2 tablespoons kosher salt) to boil and cook the rigatoni until very al dente. About 2 minutes less than package instructions.
  • Cook spinach for 30 seconds in boiling water and drain. Once able to handle, squeeze the water out then chop. In a large bowl mix together the spinach, nutmeg, heavy cream, ricotta, Fontina cheese, 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, garlic, and the roasted mushrooms.
  • Add the pasta to the bowl and mix once more. Taste test and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Place contents of the bowl in a 9 by 13 baking dish. Top with the remaining Parmigiano and bake for 15 minutes covered. Covering with parchment paper then foil will prevent sticking.
  • After 15 minutes remove covering and bake for 5 minutes more until golden. For even more color broil for the last 1-2 minutes but watch very carefully.
  • Wait 15 minutes before serving so that the cheese settles. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • The recipe makes 4 very large or 6 normal size servings.
  • Undercook the pasta by about 2-3 minutes, since it will cook longer in the oven.
  • Mozzarella, soft provolone, or swiss can all be substituted for Fontina cheese.
  • Make sure to drain the spinach by squeezing the water out.  This will prevent the baked pasta from becoming too liquidy.
  • Placing parchment paper then foil over the pasta will ensure no sticking.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days and can be reheated in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 1066kcal | Carbohydrates: 97.8g | Protein: 51.3g | Fat: 55.6g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 7.4g | Calcium: 808mg | Iron: 9mg