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Portobello, Spinach, and Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Servings 6
Author Erica Schwarz

Ingredients

  • 6 oz large portobello mushrooms
  • cooking spray
  • 12 oz whole wheat pasta I used fusille because my store did not have macaroni
  • 1 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cup lowfat milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus additional for the pasta water
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper
  • 4 oz smoked Gouda cheese shredded and divided
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 1 Tbs panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbs freshly grated Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat up the oven broiler.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Clean the mushrooms: gently remove the stems and scrape out the underside gills. Spray both sides with cooking spray and broil, 5 minutes per side a couple inches under the heat. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, chop into half-inch pieces.
  4. Salt the water for the pasta with a handful of kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook al dente according to package directions.
  5. While pasta is cooking, heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and flour and stir until smooth. Cook a minute to make a roux. Slowly whisk in the milk until smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and a pinch of fresh cracked pepper. Add two-thirds of the cheese (reserving the rest). Add the spinach and chopped mushrooms.
  6. Once the pasta is done, add to the prepared sauce. Transfer all to a bake dish (I used a 11x8 pyrex). Top with the remaining cheese.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, and olive oil. Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Yields: 6 servings.