Pasta Dish for the Veggies

July 10, 2008

My great friend Anthony is a vegetarian, and last night I decided to make dinner for him. I love when he comes for dinner because his no-meat credo somehow makes me think outside my normal recipe box. This summer (and really, in general) I’m into the concept of one-dish meals. It’s easier, and I’m usually just cooking for myself so I don’t need tons of stuff on my plate. Last night I tried out a recipe from The Simpler the Better: Sensational One-Dish Meals. I did a variation on the author’s Penne with Gruyere and Cremini Mushrooms; I even went to the fancy cheesemonger—Saxelby—at the Essex Market and picked up something that was Gruyere-esque. When I’m making a simple dish, I feel less guilty about splurging on one really delicious ingredient. For the full recipe,

Penne With Gruyere and Cremini Mushrooms

(LES Note: I added asparagus to kick it up a notch! And I used spaghetti because it’s all I had.)

6 servings

  • 1 pound penne or other tube-shaped pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 ounces cremini (brown) mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (LES Note: I didn’t use these—I never do, really.)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups (about 12 ounces) Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook penne until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside in a bowl.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until juices evaporate, about 5 minutes. Stir in shallots and cook 2 minutes. Return pasta pot to stove. Add cream and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. A handful at a time, stir in Gruyere, letting each batch melt before adding more. Stir in parmesan. Add pasta and mushrooms and stir well. Season with salt and pepper.

(From “The Simpler the Better: Sensational One-Dish Meals” by Leslie Revsin, Wiley.)

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