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Mrs Dubai’s baked pasta dish

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This dish evolved over time but is utterly more-ish. It may even be DH’s favourite thing that I cook.
I’ll add a picture next time I cook it.


Wholewheat pasta shapes (I use pipe rigate) to fill a large baking dish
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 packet of mushrooms, chopped
1 large red pepper, deseeded and sliced
3 bunches of fresh spinach, destalked and chopped
1 large pot of crème fraîche
Mozzarella cheese, grated (optional)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. 1.       Preheat the oven to about 200C.
  2. 2.       Put the pasta on to cook.
  3. 3.       Lightly sauté the onions until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. 4.       Add the mushrooms and sauté till just before the juices start to run. Remove from heat.
  5. 5.       Char-grill or sauté the red pepper. (I chuck mine on the George Foreman grill.)
  6. 6.       Wilt the spinach in a saucepan using just the water that clings to it after washing. While it’s in a colander, chop it up with kitchen scissors and squeeze out any excess fluid.
  7. 7.       Add the grilled red pepper and wilted spinach to the mushrooms, onions and garlic.
  8. 8.       Stir in the crème fraîche. If you want it runnier and slightly lower in fat, thin it out with a bit of skimmed milk. If you want it richer and gooier, add in some grated mozzarella cheese.
  9. 9.       Season with black pepper, salt if you like.
  10. 10.   Drain the pasta, put it in the baking dish and mix with the vegetable sauce.
  11. 11.   Top with a little grated Parmesan cheese and bake for about 20 minutes till bubbling and slightly browned.

Enjoy with a large glass of red wine.

Bon appetit!


Written by mrsdubai

March 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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