Monday, 27 May 2013

Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Paccheri

Mushroom & Spinach pasta

I'm always popping leftovers into the freezer, whether it's a couple of helpings of casserole or a half-used jar of pesto. And then if I'm not careful, they just sit there, forgotten. This dish was helped along by a couple of such things that I needed to use up: a tub of herby cream cheese, and some chilli tomato sauce.

Paccheri is a type of pasta consisting of large, fairly heavy tubes. When I saw them in the shop, my first thought was that they would be perfect for stuffing, but it's taken me a while to get around to it. Filling them this way is a little bit fiddly, but the result is worth it, I think. If you can't find paccheri, you could use the same filling for cannelloni or even as a lasagna layer.

Mushroom & Spinach Pasta

Mushroom & spinach pasta

Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Paccheri
Serves 2

20 tubes of paccheri pasta
150g chestnut mushrooms
2 red onions
100g fresh spinach
100g cream cheese
black pepper

200g tomato sauce (I used a spicy sauce with chilli)
50g cheddar cheese, grated

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Cook the paccheri according to the instructions on the packet.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling. Begin by finely chopping the onions and mushrooms.
  4. Fry the onions, mushrooms and spinach over a low heat, until the spinach has wilted and the onions softened.
  5. Add the cream cheese to the vegetables and stir through. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Stuff the pasta tubes with the spinach mixture.
  7. Arrange the tubes in the base of a casserole dish. If you have any spare filling, you can use it to pack into the gaps.
  8. Top with tomato sauce and grated cheese.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, until the dish is heated throughout and the cheese has melted.


Rachel said...

I have the same trick of saving leftovers and not always dealing with them promptly - this sounds like a great "once around the pantry" dish.

Velva said...

I think many of us can relate to items placed in the freezer with good intentions (smile). Your pasta dish looks delicious. I love stuffed pasta the variety of what you can stuff them with is only limited to your imagination.


Gloria Baker said...

I love these Rachel especially with spinachs look awesome and delicious!

Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

Love discovering new ways of using up leftovers. Looks like another pasta dish I can resort too!

christine said...

some of the most interesting dishes are generated by an assortment of leftovers, whether from the freezer and/of the fridge:) "Wait and see Pie" is always a favourite!

grace said...

i love stuffed pasta, particularly when there's excessive stuffing. nice use of some leftovers!

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