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Mini Mushroom Pasta Bake

For a delightful twist on traditional pasta bakes, try this Mini Mushroom Pasta Bake, featuring tender mushrooms nestled in a creamy sauce and baked to golden perfection.

Mini Mushroom Pasta Bake | Cooking the noodles

Mini Mushroom Pasta Bakes

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lb. rigatoni
  • 9 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 lb. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/4 c. Dijon mustard
  • 10 oz. smoked gouda
  • 1/4 c. plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350° and set 6 (5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″) mini loaf pans on a sheet tray. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook rigatoni, stirring occasionally, until very al dente and the white part of pasta shows when cut, 7 to 8 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, heat 4 tablespoons of oil. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until deeply caramelized and softened, 15 to 20 minutes; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • In the same pot over medium-high heat, heat 4 tablespoons oil. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy and caramelized about 10 minutes; season with 1 teaspoon salt. Add onion mixture and butter and stir until butter is melted. Add flour and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add cream and Dijon and whisk until no lumps remain. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer, remove from heat, and add cheese, stirring to melt and combine. If the mixture is too thick, add 1/2 to 1 cup pasta water until desired consistency is reached. Fold in pasta.
  • In a small bowl, toss bread crumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil until texture resembles wet sand.
  • Divide pasta among loaf pans. Top with bread crumbs.
  • Bake pasta until top is golden brown, 10 to 13 minutes. Top with parsley.
  • Enjoy your Mini Mushroom Pasta Bake

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