Baked pasta with mushrooms
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Baked pasta with mushrooms, mozzarella and thyme

Course Pasta, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

for the mushrooms

  • 500 g mushrooms of your choice roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped

for the sauce

  • 100 g butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 500 ml-750ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 500 g pasta of your choice cooked (I used spiral macaroni)
  • 150 g mozzarella grated

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200Âșc,
  • Heat a large saucepan over high heat then fry the mushrooms in a splash of oil with the garlic.
  • When the mushrooms are cooked, remove from the pan (along with any of their juices) and set aside.
  • In the same pot, melt the butter and saute the thyme for 30 seconds then whisk in the flour.
  • Slowly whisk in the liquid from the mushrooms and the milk until the sauce is smooth. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes until it's thick and any flouriness has cooked off. You might not need all the milk but different flours absorb liquid differently.
  • Stir in the mustard, Pecorino and seasoning.
  • Add the mushrooms and cooked pasta and stir well.
  • Layer the pasta and mushrooms with the grated mozzarella in an oven-proof casserole dish.
  • Place in the oven and allow to bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes then serve.