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Pasta Funghi

You can either make this and bake it in the oven for a pasta bake, which means that you can make it in advance. Or you can make and eat straight away, skipping the oven bake part




pasta funghi
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pasta funghi

a tangy sauce for a pasta bake
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, pasta bake
Dietary Requirements: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 31p
Calories: 686kcal
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  • 400 g mushrooms smartprice, sliced thinly
  • 1 jar juice from garlic stuffed olives plus enough water to make 300ml stock the olives themselves are used elsewhere in the meal plan
  • 2 onions (approx 110g) chopped
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 450 g pasta
  • 25 g flour
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch chilli
  • 10 ml oil to fry the mushrooms
  • 50 ml oil to make a roux

Serve With

  • 320 g peas


  • Put pasta on to cook, as per packet instructions.
  • Make a roux (a paste, warmed in a saucepan) with the oil and flour. Add 300ml stock in about 4 goes.
  • Between each addition of stock stir the mixture until all the liquid incorporates into the flour and oil.
  • (If you lift the pan off the heat and beat hard with a wooden spoon after the liquid is incorporated your sauce will be beautifully glossy).
  • By the time all the liquid is added you should have a sauce which will coat the back of a spoon. If not add more water or stock.
  • Stir in the seasonings.
  • Fry finely sliced mushrooms and onion. Add to the sauce and season sauce with pepper and salt.
  • Stir sauce into cooked pasta.
  • Put saucy pasta in baking dish. Cook in the oven at 180 until there are nice brown crunchy bits on the top.
  • Serve with the peas

Method 2- For days when you need a quick supper and less washing up

  • Cook pasta as above, and fry the onion and mushrooms. Mix the flour, oil, chilli salt and pepper and garlic, whisking with a fork to remove any lumps.
  • Add to the onions and mushrooms, then stir the stock in in 4 goes, stirring quickly to avoid lumps.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain it and stir the sauce through the pasta until fully coated in the garlicky mushroom sauce.
  • Eat straight away.


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Nutrition Facts
pasta funghi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 686 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 862mg25%
Carbohydrates 110g37%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 612IU12%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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