Oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta

Oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta. Image: South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta: Budget-friendly and tasty

Loaded with rich flavours, this oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta will make you reach for the dishing spoon more than once.

Oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta

Oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta. Image: South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Creamy indulgence at its best. This oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta is a quick midweek meal to prepare for the family. It is packed with rich umami flavour. Not only is this dish lip-smackingly delicious, but it is budget-friendly too.

If you are considering implementing Meatless Monday, this recipe is a good start as you will not miss the meat at all. Mushrooms add that much-loved meatiness to any dish without the corresponding calories. Not only will you save on your meat bill but also on calories making this an excellent dish for the family.

Health benefits of preparing our oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta

Let’s zoom in for a moment on the benefits of enjoying mushrooms regularly in your diet. As mentioned, mushrooms are low in calories while at the same time they are a good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Research suggests that mushrooms can assist to lower your risk of developing health conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Not only do mushrooms taste incredible, but they are great for your health too. So much more reason to increase our weekly mushroom intake!

Oven-roasted feta and mushroom pasta recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 400 g pasta of choice

  • 200 g block feta cheese

  • 1 large red onion

  • 500 g portabellini mushrooms

  • ±6 fresh thyme sprigs

  • zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • olive oil

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • To serve
  • fresh thyme leaves

  • parmesan cheese

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C fan.
  • Slice mushrooms fairly thickly and slice the red onion into petals.
  • Place the block of feta into the centre of a large roasting dish.
  • Scatter the red onion and mushrooms around the feta.
  • Tuck the thyme sprigs amongst them.
  • Season everything well with salt and pepper and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Toss to coat.
  • Roast in the oven for ± 20 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms and feta are roasting, cook the pasta.
  • Cook in a large pot of salted water until al dente. (If you are worried about getting the timing just right and prefer to drain the pasta, reserve 2 cups of pasta water before draining)
  • When the mushrooms are ready, remove them from the oven and add the lemon zest.
  • Stir everything together, adding a few splashes of pasta water as you go to create a creamy feta sauce.
  • Using tongs or a strainer transfer the pasta directly into the baking dish.
  • Toss to coat in the creamy sauce adding as much pasta water as needed to keep things silky.
  • Season well with freshly ground black pepper and a good squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Serve topped with fresh thyme leaves and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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