Pasta in a mushroom and broccoli sauce

by Sunita on April 24, 2009

The weather has still continued to be kind to us. We’re expecting a bit of rain tonight, but, I guess, I don’t mind …it’s the weekend after all…no early morning rush :-)

I had made the following macaroni pasta in a mushroom and broccoli sauce, for dinner, quite a while ago. It is very similar to this recipe that I had posted earlier. The red in the following picture is not tomatoes, but the colour of one of the cheeses that I used- Red Leicester- cheddar works just as well.

This is an easy, yet yummy recipe…the pasta is not drowned in the usual red sauce, but a creamy one with the goodness of broccoli and mushrooms.

It also has a hint of heat from some crushed red chillies. Without much ado, here’s the recipe-

What’s needed-

2C of small macaroni pasta, cooked according to packet instructions
4 C of sliced close capped mushrooms
4C of medium sized broccoli florets
6 clives of garlic, chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
3-4 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
salt + freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies( more or less)
1 tsp roasted and ground cumin
2 tblsp Italian seasoning
4 C of milk
3C of grated cheddar cheese( I used a mix of Red Leicester and Gloucester)

How to-

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mushrooms, broccoli, garlic and onion and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir well, cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or till the mushrooms soften and juices begin to flow. Stir in between.
  2. Add the cumin, chillies and Italian seasoning and stir well.
  3. Add the milk, stir and bring to a boil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the contents to a food processor and make an almost smooth sauce.
  5. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C.
  6. Return the sauce to the pan over heat. Add the pasta, stir and bring to a boil. Simmer for a minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in half the cheese.
  8. Place the contents in a baking tray ( I used individual bowls) and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Sprinkle a little crushed red chillies andfreshly ground pepper over the cheese.
  9. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake tilll the cheese melts, the top browns beautifully and the contents are hot and bubbly.

We loved the creamy texture and the slight heat and spice of the dish.

Just a quick note- Our broadband is playing up a bit, so if you find me a bit unresponsive to your comments and emails, you’ll know why :-) I’m actually typing this post as fast as I can before I lose the connection again!

Wishing all you lovely people out there a great weekend!

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Komal-Nishka April 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm

This is yummmmmmmyyy.. I’m gonna give it a try tomorrow itself..

Sunita, please tell me how many servings will this make? 4C of mushroom and brocolli will not be too much for say 4 pax if served with something else too? Thanks


2 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

It was a filling dinner for the four of us (2 adults + 2 kids) with just a little fresh salad. Do give it a try.


3 Lisa April 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Oh my! I am tempted to make this for dinner. What gorgeous photos (as usual)!


4 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Thanks give it a try :-)


5 rachel April 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm

My kind of pasta…


6 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm
7 Poornima April 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Thats my kind if pasta….looks incredibl yummy…love the pictures.


8 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Poornima :-)


9 Parita April 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Pasta looks delicious, wish i could just grab a bite…Love the pictures especially the second last one :)


10 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Thaks Parita :-)


11 Rosa April 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

That pasta dish looks sooo good! I love that flavor combo! What gorgeous pictures!




12 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


13 snooky doodle April 24, 2009 at 8:18 pm

oh what a nice dish! I would surely eat my greens dressed up like this :)


14 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm

thanks :-)


15 Soma April 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Lovely pics! Sounds a lot like an augratin i make, except for the white sauce i add. but this one has milk too!


16 Kay April 24, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Sunita, That looks Deeeeeeeeeelicious! Making it in individual bowls is a cool idea. Looks great!


17 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Thanks…we did love it a lot :-)


18 ushanandini April 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Macaroni pasta looks very delicious. Gorgeous pictures! can you recommend any other veggies? I am a regular reader of your blog. You have wonderful collections!


19 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Carrots? Bell peppers?


20 ramya April 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Brocolli and mushrooms are a great combo and they go well with Pasta… lovely and yummy!!!


21 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Yes, they do, don’t they :-)


22 lissie April 25, 2009 at 11:09 am

pasta looks soo inviting…mushroom and broccoli makes it healthy!


23 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Thanks :-)


24 A&N April 26, 2009 at 2:54 am

I just adore the pics! and so easy!


25 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Very easy indeed :-)


26 Happy Cook April 26, 2009 at 11:25 am

I am home alone today for lunch today, why don’t you parcel me that delicous pasta ASAP :-) Drool drool.


27 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Wish i could..all gone though :-(


28 sushma April 27, 2009 at 4:04 am

Hey Suni,

i have watching and looking at only pastas from last two to three days. and this also looks so yummyyyyyyyyyyyyy :) drooling


29 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm
30 Nirmala April 27, 2009 at 5:51 am

The snaps are simply gorgeous Sunita! I want to have a bowl full right away :) The bowl is very cute too!


31 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Thanks Nirmala :-)


32 Susan from Food Blogga April 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Is this ok breakfast food? Cause I’m just about to eat breakfast, and this is kickin’ my bowl of oatmeal’s butt. ;)


33 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Susan, you do crack me up :-D


34 Deepa G Joshi December 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Pasta looks too good. I love all types of Pastas..


35 seena January 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

tried it. was superb! thanks for the recipe :-)


36 Miri January 29, 2010 at 8:20 am

Oh this is such a wonderful sauce – would have never thought of pureeing broccoli – thanks!


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