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Aarsi's Ultimate Pasta with Spinach and Mushroom (Part 1)

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Delicious penne is dressed up with mushrooms, spinach and a rich creamy sauce. A favorite pasta dish in our family!
For the sauce
  Salted butter/Unsalted butter 4 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 2 Tablespoon
  Heavy whipping cream 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  2 percent milk/Whole milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Kosher salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Paprika powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fresh ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For the vegetables
  Olive oil 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Red onion 1⁄2 Medium, diced
  Frozen spinach 1 Cup (16 tbs), thawed at room temperature
  Kosher salt 1 Teaspoon
  Crimini mushrooms 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Pine nuts 1 Tablespoon (A handful)
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
For the pasta
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs) (As required to boil the pasta)
  Kosher salt 1 Teaspoon (Boiled in salt water)
  Olive oil 2 Drop (Added to the boiling salted water)
  Penne pasta 1⁄2 Pound

To prepare the sauce for the pasta:
1. Heat up a pan on medium heat with the butter.
2. Once the butter melts, add the all purpose flour, stir constantly and cook it for a couple of minutes to make a roux.
3. Add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and stir.
4. Add one cup of the 2% milk. Keep stirring and bring it to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes until thick.
5. Add 1/2 tsp each of kosher salt to the prepared sauce, paprika powder and black pepper. Stir to combine all the ingredients well. Turn off the heat and set the sauce aside.
To saute the vegetables:
6. Heat up a pan on medium high with olive oil, add the red onions with 1/2 tsp of kosher salt, stir and cook them for a couple of minutes.
7. Add the spinach, 1/2 tsp of kosher salt, stir and cook for a couple of minutes.
8. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook until slightly tender.
9. Add the prepared white sauce to the vegetables, stir and combine all the ingredients together.
10. Add the pine nuts and the Parmesan cheese. Stir gently to combine, cover and bring the mixture to a boil.
11. Once the mixture starts bubbling, turn off the heat and set the prepared sauce and vegetable mixture aside.
To prepare the pasta:
12. In a pot of boiling water with salt, add the penne pasta and cook until al dente (takes about 15 minutes).
13. Save about 1 1/2 ladle pasta water, turn off the heat and strain the pasta over a colander.
14. Warm the prepared pasta sauce over a low heat, adding a little of the reserved pasta water (quantity added depends on the desired consistency of the sauce), stir slightly.
15. Add in the cooked pasta and gently mix to coat the pasta well with the sauce.

16. Serve warm.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
High Protein, Low Sugar
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Pasta recipes are numerous and distinct to the makers creativity and here is one such recipe. Chef Aarsi shows how to cook Pasta with Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms in a sauce. Watch the following video for further steps.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 935 Calories from Fat 617

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 70 g107.9%

Saturated Fat 38.4 g192%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 205.2 mg68.4%

Sodium 1073.4 mg44.7%

Total Carbohydrates 58 g19.5%

Dietary Fiber 4.2 g16.9%

Sugars 3.8 g

Protein 18 g35.2%

Vitamin A 141.9% Vitamin C 6.8%

Calcium 29.2% Iron 16%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Aarsi's Ultimate Pasta With Spinach And Mushroom (Part 1) Recipe Video