Creamy Mushroom Pasta au Gratin
This lovely recipe teams pasta with a creamy sauce, along with vegetables, for a dinner which is healthy, colorful and very simple to make. What transforms this from something basic to something more impressive is dividing the dish between 4 individual ramekins and adding cheese to each one then broiling them to golden brown perfection. Everyone at the table will be very impressed when they see this lovely dish in front of them.
The first thing to do is cook the pasta to al dente, and you can follow the instructions on the package to do that. Meanwhile you can prepare the sauce by cooking the vegetables, then stirring in the cream. The sauce is beginning to come together by this point, and then you can enhance it further by adding the tuna, as well as some parsley and mustard. The mixture then goes into 4 individual ramekins and then you add cheese on top and broil them until done.
Anything served in an individual ramekin is going to be impressive and, if you are considering comfort food but you want to give it a twist, why not make this recipe? The flavors are amazing and the kids will love this creamy pasta dish just like the grownups do. If you have leftovers (unlikely, but you never know) you can enjoy them cold as a salad the following day, or heat them up in the microwave or a warm oven. Serve this dish with a salad on the side if you like.
- 14 oz uncooked pasta
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ½ chopped onion
- ½ chopped red or orange bell pepper
- 4 oz canned tuna in oil
- 8 oz sliced button mushrooms
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- Salt and black pepper
- Fresh rosemary, basil or parsley, for garnish
- Cook the pasta following the instructions on the package, then drain.
- Drain the tuna, saving 1 tablespoon of the oil.
- Heat that tablespoon of oil in a skillet over a moderate heat.
- Add the mushroom, bell pepper and onion.
- Cook for 4 minutes or until lightly browned and softened.
- Stir in the cream and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the pasta, tuna, parsley, mustard, salt, and black pepper.
- Cook for 2 minutes or until the mixture is warm.
- Divide it between 4 ramekins.
- Sprinkle some cheese on top, then broil until golden brown.
- Let the pasta dishes sit for 5 minutes, then serve, garnished with fresh herbs.
Tuna pasta recipes range from basic to seriously impressive, and this one is served in individual ramekins, covered in a crispy cheese crust, and garnished with aromatic fresh herbs. The tuna is joined by mushrooms, bell pepper, cream, parsley, mustard, and more, and the result is something with amazing flavor in every mouthful. Pasta is an economical ingredient with which you can make some incredible meals. It is easy to work with and, as you can see from this photo, you can make some really beautiful dishes using pasta as your main ingredient.
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