Daily Archives: November 20, 2014

Portobello penne pasta casserole

This is the first dish I cooked for my husband ever, back in the summer of 2009.

A nod to AllRecipes.com for this one.


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 to 8 oz portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 garlic coves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp basil, plus a few pinches
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese, split*
  • 5 oz spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce**

*I had 1 cup of mozzarella this time, and used Parmesan for this rest.

**If you’re scared this is a weird addition, you can leave it out and the dish will be fine. But, I think it does add a little something nice.

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Food history: green bean casserole

Will you be making a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving next week?

If you love this staple but maybe want to switch it up a bit, we’ve got the classic recipe along with some variations at the end of the post.

I’ll admit it – it’s one of my favorite holiday meals. I love the contrasting textures of the green beans and french fried onions, with the creaminess of cream of mushroom soup.

Indeed, the history of green bean casserole does begin with Campbell’s.

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