This one-pan, stovetop recipe turns cheesy stuffed pasta into a weeknight dinner. It was a perfect crowd-pleasing dish to serve on a chilly evening. Jarred marinara is used as a shortcut- enhanced with buttery sautéed garlic and red pepper flakes. Great.
This recipe was adapted from epicurious.com, contributed by Anna Stockwell. I modified the proportions and method, and used dried oregano. I recommend eating it with crusty bread or garlic bread to mop up the sauce.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 20 jumbo pasta shells (about 6 to 6.5 oz)
- 1 tsp kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 to 10 oz crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth (I used Pinot Grigio)
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 6 to 9 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 T unsalted butter
- 24 to 28 oz jarred marinara sauce (I used 28 oz Rao’s Marinara)
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups (15 to 16 oz) whole-milk ricotta
- 3 oz finely grated Parmesan (about 1 cup), plus more for serving (I used Parmigiano-Reggiano)
- 2 T finely chopped fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried oregano
- fresh parsley or oregano, chopped, for garnish, optional
- crusty bread or garlic bread for serving, optional
- Cook shells in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 9 minutes; drain. Run under cold water to stop the cooking; drain again. (I cooked 22 shells just to be safe but only used 20.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet (with a lid) over medium-high. (I used a large, wide enameled cast iron pan.)
- Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they release juices, then are dry again and nicely browned, 5–10 minutes; season with black pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.
- Reduce heat to medium, add wine, and cook, stirring, until reduced by half, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Add spinach, stir, cover, and cook until beginning to wilt, 1–2 minutes.
- Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is completely wilted and most of the liquid is evaporated, 2–4 minutes more. Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl; reserve skillet.
- Add ricotta, Parmesan, 2 T fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried oregano, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt to mushroom mixture and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, to taste.
- Spoon about 2 T ricotta mixture into each shell. The shell should be filled to capacity but not overstuffed. (I used a cookie scoop to ration the filling.)
- Cook garlic and butter in reserved skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic is fragrant and beginning to brown, 2–3 minutes.
- Add marinara sauce and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, 6–8 minutes.
- Nestle stuffed shells into hot sauce in skillet.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat until shells are warmed through, 5–6 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan and chopped fresh parsley or oregano. Serve with crusty bread or garlic bread, as desired.
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Tags: casserole, cremini mushrooms, dinner, easy, Italian, mushrooms, one pan, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, ricotta, shells, skillet, spinach, stovetop, stuffed shells, vegetarian
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there! ❤ I have a moment to share a recipe with you while my husband is making our celebratory pancake breakfast. 🙂
This is another dish from Food and Wine magazine’s 40th Anniversary Special Edition titled “Our 40 Best-Ever Recipes.” I’ve already made it twice because my son is obsessed! 😉
The recipe for this quick, easy and very tasty dish was adapted from British cookbook author Nigel Slater. I used a combination of sweet and hot Italian sausages. Fabulous!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes.
- Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cream, mustard and crushed red pepper and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat, add the pasta and basil and toss to coat. Serve at once.
Posted in Pasta, Pork, Quick, Recipes
Tags: basil, cream, grainy mustard, hot Italian pork sausage, Italian, Italian sausage, mustard, Nigel Slater, penne, pork sausage, rigatoni, sausage, shells, sweet Italian pork sausage, white wine, whole grain mustard
So, this dish uses broccoli rabe instead of broccoli- but I’m still including it in my “series.” 🙂 This is a skillet version of one of my favorite classic Italian dishes. It was delightfully cheesy too.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I used large garlic cloves and decreased the broiling time to 2 minutes. We ate it with a large green salad. Absolutely delicious!!
Yield: Serves 6
12 ounces Fontina and/or aged cheddar cheese (about 4 1/2 cups), divided
6 large garlic cloves
2 large sprigs sage
1 bunch of broccoli rabe
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups half-and-half
1 pound ridged medium pasta shells, or large tube pasta, such as lumaconi or rigatoni
- Place racks in center and upper third of oven; preheat to 325, preferably on convection.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, for the pasta. Salt generously.
- Grate the Fontina cheese on the large holds of a box grater (you should have about 4½ cups).
- Smash the garlic cloves, peel, and coarsely chop.
- Pick all sage leaves from stems and set aside about 10. Finely chop remaining leaves (you should have about 1 tablespoon).
- Trim tough dried ends from the broccoli rabe, then cut stems into 2″ pieces. Leave leafy ends long.
- Heat a deep, large, ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Add ¼ cup oil and swirl to coat.
- Remove sausage from casings and add to skillet. Break into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook, undisturbed, until sausage is browned, about 4 minutes. Stir a couple of times and continue to cook, undisturbed again, until sausage is fully cooked through, about 3 minutes longer.
- Add garlic, chopped sage, and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in half-and-half and simmer until sauce is thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
- Gradually add about two-thirds of cheese, bit by bit, stirring constantly and letting cheese melt completely before adding more, until sauce is smooth and thick, about 3 minutes; season with salt and remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water 2 minutes shy of package instructions (8–10 minutes depending on type).
- During the last 2 minutes, add all of broccoli rabe to pot with pasta. Drain in a colander and shake several times to remove excess water. Return pasta and broccoli rabe to empty pasta pot.
- Add cheesy sausage mixture from skillet to pot with pasta. Stir until pasta and broccoli rabe are coated in sauce, then transfer everything back to skillet.
- Cover skillet tightly with foil and bake on center rack until pasta is tender and sauce is bubbling, 30–40 minutes. Let rest a few minutes while you heat broiler.
- Remove foil and top with remaining cheese.
- Toss sage leaves with remaining 1 T oil in a small bowl and arrange over pasta.
- Broil until cheese is browned and bubbling in spots, about 2 to 5 minutes (depending on strength of broiler).
- Let pasta cool a minute or two before serving.
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Posted in Casserole, Greens, Pasta, Pork, Recipes
Tags: broccoli rabe, cast iron skillet, cheddar, fontina, half and half, Italian, one-pot, pasta, rigatoni, sage, sausage, shells, skillet, sweet Italian pork sausage
This dish was super cheesy, rich, and delicious. It smelled absolutely wonderful as it baked- the rosemary really added a special layer of seasoning.
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Dario Barbone and Renato Sardo, a “staff-favorite” recipe. I incorporated my special CSA cauliflower, and substituted orecchiette pasta for large shells and fontina for taleggio cheese. I also modified the cooking method. We ate it with a green salad dressed with mustard vinaigrette.
Yield: Serves 6
- 1 medium head of cauliflower (1 3/4 to 2 pounds), cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch florets
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary (leaves from 1 sprig)
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/2 pound fontina or taleggio cheese—rind discarded, cheese cubed
- 1 pound orecchiette or large shells (such as conchiglioni)
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 450°, preferably on convection.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the cauliflower until tender, 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or spider, transfer the cauliflower to a colander and let cool slightly. Drain and pat dry; keep the cooking water hot.
- Finely chop the garlic, onion and rosemary in a food processor.
- In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil.
- Add the onion, garlic and rosemary, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots, about 8 minutes.
- Add the wine and boil until evaporated.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the cream, 1 cup of the Parmigiano and the fontina/taleggio.
- Return the water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
- Scrape the cauliflower and cheese sauce into the pasta and toss well.
- Spread half of the pasta into a 3-quart baking dish and top with 2 tablespoons of the bread crumbs.
- Top with the remaining pasta, 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs and 1/2 cup of Parmigiano.
- Bake the pasta for about 17 to 20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the top is golden and crisp. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
MAKE AHEAD: The unbaked assembled pasta dish can be refrigerated overnight. Return the pasta to room temperature before baking.
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