Stuffed Mushroom Pasta

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     I’ve been meaning to try my hand at stuffed mushrooms the next time I go to my parents but so far I haven’t been able to remember to do it.  I think the flavors in stuffed mushrooms are so warm and comforting.  So when I saw a recipe for stuffed mushroom pasta I made it the very next day.

    The pasta is a combination of roasted garlic alfredo, sausage stuffing, mushrooms, and the pasta.  The flavors are incredible.  The sausage gives the pasta a little kick while the roasted garlic is bursting with cheesy flavor.  There are plenty of mushrooms and breadcrumbs added to the mix which made me feel like I had taken a bunch of stuffed mushrooms, cut them up, and mixed them into a pasta dish.  I thought it was delicious and I can’t wait to make it for my mushroom loving mother.

Stuffed Mushroom Pasta (adapted from What’s Cookin’, Chicago?)
For the roasted garlic alfredo:
3 T. chopped garlic
1 1/2 c. half and half (I used fat free)
3/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1/2 t. nutmeg

For the stuffed mushroom filling: 
2 T. olive oil
1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage, removed from the casings
3 scallions, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced 
1/2 c. red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
4 oz. cream cheese, softened  
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. fresh parsley, minced
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper

8 oz sliced mushrooms
12 oz. bowtie pasta, cooked

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

2.  In a large saucepan heat the half and half over medium high heat.  Whisk in the Parmesan cheese and 3 tablespoons of chopped garlic.  Continue whisking until the sauce is thick and smooth.  Reduce heat and add in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Set aside.
3.  Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it with a spoon.  Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it is completely browned.
4. Add in the scallions, garlic, and red pepper.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the breadcrumbs and stir to combine.  

5.  Put the sausage mixture in a heat safe bowl.  Add the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese and mix until everything is well combined.  Stir in the parsley, salt, and pepper.  

6.  In the same skillet as used for the sausage, add 1 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes, or until the are browned.  Add the mushrooms to the sausage mixture.

7.  Add the bowtie pasta to the sausage mixture and stir well to combine.  Toss with the alfredo sauce.  

8.  Pour the pasta mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.  Remove from oven and top with parsley if desired.  

This post linked to:
 Cast Party Wednesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Mid-Week Fiesta


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