10 November 2011

Tagliatelle con Spinaci e Funghi

This pasta is a firm favourite in this household. I don't like to have it too often as it is coated in a rich cheese sauce, but when we do have it, we really enjoy it.

Spinach, juicy and peppery mushrooms, unctuously glossy cheese sauce and salty feta cheese, such a winning combination of flavours.

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Tagliatelle con Spinaci e Funghi
Tagliatelle with spinach & mushrooms in a rich, creamy cheese sauce, finished off with some crumbly feta. Luxury on a plate.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 large field mushrooms or portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pint / 570ml milk
  • 40g plain flour
  • 40g butter
  • ½ onion
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 50g mature cheddar
  • 30g vegetarian parmesan
  • 100g baby spinach
  • a grinding of salt and pepper to taste
  • enough tagliatelle for four
  • a generous slice of feta, to crumble on the finished dishes
1. Pour the milk in a microwaveable dish and add the half onion, peppercorns and bay leaf. Microwave until warm.2. Melt the butter in a pan and then add the flour. Stir until it is well combined.3. Add the milk a little at a time (use a sieve) and whisk until it is absorbed. Do this until all the milk has been used. Simmer gently for a few minutes.4. Add the cheese and whisk until it has melted. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Keep it warm until it is required.5. Once you have started the sauce. Cook the pasta according to the instructions. 6. Saute the mushrooms in the olive oil with the garlic until they are soft and juicy. Season with lots of black pepper for a fabulous flavour.7. Rinse the spinach in a colander, then pour over a kettleful of boiling water to wilt the spinach. Pour a little cold water on, so you do not burn your hands, then squeeze out the excess liquid. I like to pat it dry with a teatowel as well before chopping it.8. Once the pasta is ready, drain it, then coat in the cheese sauce and stir through the spinach and mushrooms.9. Serve in bowls topped with crumbly feta cheese and a good grating of black pepper.
Total time: Yield: serves 4

I am submitting my pasta for this weeks Presto Pasta Nights hosted this week by Tandy over at Lavender & Lime.

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  1. we much prefer a creamy pasta sauce than a tomato pasta sauce in the BK household, so this is a winner!

  2. What a creamy plate of Heaven! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights this week.

  3. Lovely recipe - looking forward to trying this - love the flavors
    Mary x

  4. yummy yummy..Delicious..Thanks for the recipe dear

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  5. That looks a lovely meal for my family too...yummy!

  6. This looks so good, as do the bars (which I can't pronounce) below.
    I've found your blog just as I should be cooking the kids' tea...oh well, they'll have to wait!
    Pig x

  7. Love the look of this dish.Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Beautiful winter warming food - and delicious to boot!!

  9. I prefer a tomato based sauce Dom, as does Cooper, but Graham loves a creamy sauce. I do enjoy this one though.

    Thanks Ruth :)

    Thanks Pam :)

    You will enjoy it Mary :)

    Thanks Spécialiste :)

    It is very delicious Aarthi :)

    They will surely enjoy it Lisa :)

    Don't worry, I don't have a clue how to pronounce them either Pig. We will have to ask for some help!

    You should try it Claire.

    I know Brownieville Girl, there is absolutely no denying the time of year now :(

  10. Yum! I wouldn't have thought of serving it with feta on top - I bet it is delicious!

  11. Yum! I wouldn't have thought of serving it with feta on top - I bet it is delicious!

  12. Wow, looks amazing. I love the combination of all of those flavours, and sometimes you just need creamy pasta to hit the spot!

  13. Me too Janice :)

    The feta is a nice finishing touch Sarah and feta always seems to go well with spinach.

    You do indeed C :)

    Thanks Tandy. I am looking forward to the roundup :)

  14. Okay, this is totally worth the carbs! Looks so delicious.

  15. Mmmmmmm. What's not to like! That has to be my idea of comfort food. Looks lush Jac.

  16. OH yes, pasta and a creamy sauce, so much better then a tomato sauce......and that looks amazing too!

  17. delicious looking meal looks wonderful

  18. Wow tagliatelle e funghi!!! Divine!!
    Buon appetito ;-)

  19. what nice tagliatelle, look delicious! gloria

  20. I tend to make a lot more tomatoey sauces so having a lovely cheesy creamy sauce always feels like a real treat. I like the generous amount of mushrooms on there too.

  21. I'm not surprised you don't have this too often, but it sounds so delicious. I love creamy, cheesy sauces, but like you try not to indulge too often.

  22. I can clearly see why you love this tasty pasta dish!
    It screams: EAT ME RIGhT NOW!

  23. Thanks Trix :)

    Thanks Chele, it is rather lush :)

    Thanks Akheela and Manu :)

    Thanks Gloria :)

    Same here Corina, but I do like a creamy sauce now and again.

    Now I just need to not indulge in chocolate and wine quite so much Choclette :)

    I am glad it has that effect on you Sophie :)

  24. This one suits me down to the ground, I love pasta dishes and am always looking for something new to have a go at.

  25. Good, I hope you enjoy it Scott :)

  26. I also don't have pasta very often but that makes it all the more more special when we do.


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