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    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Baked Mushroom Pasta By the Sea

    Last week we were on the boat again.

    It is Winter and it was a wonderful day

    You can’t beat Auckland on a good day.
    Crisp clear air, the water so still, just like floating on gin

    I had brought a package mushroom soup from the supermarket
    I thought that I could incorporate it with some fresh mushrooms into a pasta dish for lunch.
    The soup is 97% Fat free. I soon fixed that.
    Fat is flavour after all! No really not too bad at all.

    Only a bit of olive oil and some cheese.
    I love baked pasta. I know the pasta becomes a lot softer than the al dente recommended normally, but I think that is half the charm.

    And scraping at the sides of the empty dish is a real treat.

    Crispy cheesy pasta! Yum.

    Thought this would be a good entry for Ruth's Presto Pasta Nights have a look here at loads of fabulous Pasta dishes. Every week, heaps of people send Ruth
    their favourite recipes. It's great fun.

    You will need
    400mls mushroom soup
    4 large flat brown mushrooms cut into chunky bits
    1 onion chopped

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon chopped thyme

    150 gms cooked penne

    Good handful grated tasty cheddar cheese

    2-3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

    Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions till soft
    Season with salt & freshly ground black

    Add thyme
    Raise the heat and add the mushrooms.

    Saute another 3-4 mushrooms to get some colour

    Butter a casserole dish
    Add the sauté vege, the pasta and the soup.

    Mix well
    Check seasoning and adjust if necessary

    Mix grated cheese and breadcrumbs and scatter on top.

    Into 200C oven for about 20-30 minutes till bubbling.
    Serve with a nice glass of chilled white wine and enjoy the view.
    I love these serviettes they are so us.


    Asha said...

    What a beautiful life you are leading Gilly, I am jealous!:))

    Mary said...

    Those serviettes are fantastic! And what a wonderful day you had. Look forward to more of your winter adventures!

    Ruth Daniels said...

    What a perfect view for a great dish. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

    I love your serviettes! I have some interesting ones with Victorian etiquette that are hysterical.

    By the way...there will be a new image for PPN. Hope you like it.

    So Simple said...

    Hi Ladies

    Just ahd another couple of days out on thre water just got home in time, it is going to blow 40 knots out there tonight. Glad to be safe at home.

    katiez said...

    I love the crusty stuff at the bottom - the best part!
    And your table setting (as in the view) - fantastic!

    So Simple said...

    Sometimes it looks the the pan doesn't need washing when I have finished with it!