- 300g pasta (we used penne)
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 500g chestnut mushroom, halved or quartered if large
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 350g carton fresh spinach and cheese sauce (or make your own - see 'Try' below)
- 50g vegetarian Parmesan -style cheese, (Twineham Grange Italian-style cheese is a good one), grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Boil the pasta for 10 mins, drain, then tip back into the pan. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the mushrooms, then cook over a high heat for 5 mins until lightly golden. Reduce the heat, add the garlic, then fry for another min until softened. Season and spoon into a large, shallow baking dish.
Tip the spinach sauce and half the cheese into the pasta, then put back on the heat for a few mins until heated through. Season to taste, then spoon the pasta over the mushrooms in an even layer. Scatter the remaining cheese over the top and grill for about 5 mins until the cheese is golden and the sauce is bubbling.
Make your own sauceTo make your own spinach and cheese sauce, simply defrost, drain and chop two good handfuls frozen spinach and mix with a 250g tub mascarpone and a handful grated parmesan cheese.