Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Ok – here it happened – I transformed that creamy mushroom cauliflower soup in the THE creamiest and tastiest mushroom pasta! WOW! Cooking for one can get tough, especially with leftovers, so I am always trying to find new and fun ways to use things I have in my fridge. If you made my creamy mushroom cauliflower soup (my last post) then you can easily turn it into this delicious CREAMY MUSHROOM PASTA!!

This is the perfect cozy meal for any night of the week. It’s easy and comes together super quick (and quicker if you make the soup, because I use that in this recipe!) I can see a difference in the weather and all I want to do is cozy up on the couch with a big bowl of this pasta and lots and lots of cheesy garlic bread…oh and a glass of pinot noir because wine makes everything better!


Ingredients

2 cups of your favorite pasta
2 cups of Creamy Mushroom Cauliflower Soup
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese
salt & pepper
cheesy garlic bread

Instructions

Cook pasta per the packaged instructions. While the pasta water is cooking, slice 3 shiitake mushroom’s and add to a sauté pan with olive oil. Cook until brown and golden. Once the pasta is done, reserve about 1/4 cup pasta water. Drain pasta and then add butter and creamy mushroom cauliflower soup to pot. Mix and then add pasta. Stir until well combined. Add asiago cheese and some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce. Let cook for 2 minutes. Plate in a bowl, add the shiitake mushrooms on top and add more asiago cheese. Serve with warm cheesy garlic bread and BOOM, perfect dinner is ready!

Enjoy!


Protein Pasta Salad

Are carbs scary? Why do people think this? I love carbs – always have always will! Did you know carbs are important to the basic functionality of our bodies and burning energy?
I get it, there will always be something negative to say about pasta, bread, etc. but I am here to help you learn to love the beauty that carbs are! Variations of pasta come from so many different cultures and they are all so damn tasty! Today I am highlighting the innovation that is plant-based protein pasta! So many brands are getting on the band wagon of protein pasta and I am here for it!

I am using Barilla Protein + Penne – 100% plant based protein with a classic pasta taste, but any pasta (protein or not) will work PERFECTLY for this easy summer pasta salad.
Growing up pasta salad to me was loaded with mayonnaise and that just wasn’t really my favorite thing. Mayonnaise covered cold pasta? ew! This pasta salad is seasonally focused, fresh and freaking delicious!

Tomatoes are at the peak of season and are so dang juicy!! These cherry tomatoes are great for this but honestly whatever tomatoes you have will taste great! Kirby cucumbers (or any cucumber) sliced thin and then the fresh mozzarella! I am blessed that my neighborhood is packed with small localized stores aka really good Italian Markets that have fresh mozzarella! I love that more markets are prioritizing fresh products and finding mozzarella is so much easier!
I think this dish really comes together with this balsamic based marinade! Combine balsamic vinegar with rice wine vinegar, pinch of dried oregano and red pepper flakes. The flavor profile is tangy, savory, spicy and just too good to pass up! Combine all ingredients with marinade and let sit while you make the pasta!

Cook the pasta based on the boxed directions, drain and let cool slightly. Toss in with the vegetables and marinade and toss until well combined. The beauty of pasta salad is it’s the perfect dish to make ahead and store in the refrigerator. The marinade has time to work its magic and soak into the pasta and vegetables for an even better end product!
I always add the fresh herbs at the end because I enjoy the final touches and really adds that final kick of flavor! I finished this meal with fresh basil & sliced avocado. You can eat this for a delicious snack, add grilled chicken or shrimp for a balanced dinner or eat for breakfast because there are seriously no boundaries with any food.

Pasta salad is EASY and can be so so tasty! If you’re looking to add an extra punch of protein, the new-ish plant based protein pasta’s are a great way to get extra protein in while enjoying a classic dish!

follow and tag me on @fullbellythyme if you make this!