Weeknight Pasta Bake With Artichoke and Mushrooms

Baked Penne With Mushrooms And Artichoke
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Here is a perfect one dish meal for weeknights, loaded with tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms and topped with melting mozzarella cheese.

Baked Penne With Mushrooms And Artichoke

Pasta is  life savor in  many occasions.  With a  box of pasta  and a  jar of  sauce it is  easy to  whip up something  delicious  with  little time.  And anyone  who is a  regular  cook knows that the one  thing  that is as  important as  effortless  cooking is  effortless  cleaning … and  there  pasta  scores big time !

So  cook some  spaghetti and  toss in  tomato  sauce  is it ?  Well that  works  in a pinch, but  today’s dish is a little fancier  and  takes well – 2  dishes !  I know  double  the  work  , but SO WORTH IT !

This is a  vegetarian dish on  which you can  melt rather copious  amounts of  cheese or  none at all (or VEGAN substitute) depending on  your  new  year  resolution or  as in my case  what is  in my fried  and  pantry.

That is the  thing  about  home cooks,  we  are  good  at improvising.  Of late  I have  been  thinking  more  about  the  meals  that   I put  together in a pinch.  The  recipes  that are  more  forgiving   and  can  be  easily adapted  to   use  substitutes.  Recipes  like  these are  to  encourage  hesitant  cooks to  jump in and cook.  


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It makes my when  I can  inspire  at least  one  person to   cook  and  enjoy real  food  more!  OK less  about me  and more about the food.

Pasta

Use your  favorite kind – gluten free, lentil or whole grain.  I like  to use  the  regular dhurum  wheat  penne or similar  here.   Which ever you choose  cook according to the  package  directions.  A  word  of  caution though, some  of  the  gluten free versions that I have tried  turn soft on  cooking so  don’t  choose any thin  noodle  versions.


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Baked Penne With Mushrooms And Artichoke

A good serving of Veggies

This is a  meatless  dish.  Artichoke hearts  and  mushrooms  gives  this the elusive  meatless  but  meaty  feel.   There is  nothing stopping  you  from adding   grilled  chicken  ground  meat  to  this. If   that is  where  you feel  like  going,  substitute  the  mushroom  with  your  choice of  meat.

Tomato sauce

There is only one thing to  say here – be  generous!   The one thing  that often  goes wrong  with  baked pasta is that it tends to be too dry, especially if  not covered  with  tons of  cheese.

Baked Penne With Mushrooms And Artichoke

Off to bake …


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Here is the recipe for the meatless but meaty Artichoke and Musroom Pasta bake !

Artichoke And Mushrooms Pasta Bake

Here is a dish that is easy to make on a busy weeknight. Artichoke and mushrooms makes this meatless dish filling and satisfying. Top with   mozarella  and  bake  for that all day  slowcooked vibe.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Syama
Ingredients
  • ½ lb Penne Note
  • 3 -4 C Marinara sauce
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 8 oz Cremini or 1 -2 portobello
  • ½ C Onions chopped
  • ½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes optional
  • Salt and Pepper as needed
  • 14 oz artichoke in brine drained
  • 8 oz Mozzarella Fresh
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large pot bring plenty of water (8 C) to boil. Salt the water liberally. When the water comes to a rolling boil add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
  3. Heat oil in a large oven safe skillet. Add crushed garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Once the aroma of garlic fills the air add the chopped onions. Sweat the onions for 1 minute and add the sliced mushrooms. Let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the slices soften. Add the Marinara sauce, and drained artichoke hearts. Keep warm.
  4. Add the drained pasta to the sauce. Toss to coat. Spread the grated (or sliced) mozzarella on top and transfer to the oven.
  5. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the pasta is bubbling. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Substitute  fusini, rigatoni  or  similar.  

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Baked Penne With Mushrooms And Artichoke

Here is a cheesier version – all stir in ricotta / mozarella into the sauce just before adding pasta.

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