Crispy Baked Pasta With Mushrooms, Sausage, and Parmesan Cream Sauce Recipe

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Pasta tossed in a mushroom cream sauce flavored with Italian sausage, all baked in a cast iron skillet with a crispy seasoned breadcrumb topping. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Why It Works

  • Cooking mushrooms in rendered sausage fat adds tons of flavor, boosted by a bit of soy sauce and lemon juice.
  • The pasta and creamy sauce bake in the same skillet the mushrooms were cooked in, making for easy serving and cleanup.

This recipe starts off with crumbled Italian sausage cooked down in a bit of butter. I sauté a few types of mushrooms in the rendered fat, then flavor them with shallots, garlic, and a little bit of soy sauce and lemon juice (this helps bring out their savoriness while also lightening them up). They get finished in a simple creamy sauce flavored with Parmesan cheese. Add some pasta, top it all of with crisp bread crumbs, bake it directly in the cast iron pan you cooked it in, and you've got yourself a one-skillet meal fit for normal everyday folks who perhaps might occasionally feel like kings.

Recipe Facts

4.6

(15)

Active: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Panko-style bread crumbs

  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 2 tablespoons finely minced chives

  • 2 small shallots, finely minced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 8 ounces Italian sausage (mild or hot), removed from casings

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms (such as portobello, shiitake, and oyster), cleaned and thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken stock

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 12 ounces fresh or 8 ounces dried ridged pasta such as rotini or campanelle

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and keep at a bare simmer. Combine bread crumbs, 2 ounces cheese, half of parsley, half of chives, 1/4 of shallots, 1/4 of garlic, and olive oil in a medium bowl and massage with hands until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until foaming. Add sausage and cook, mashing it with a potato masher or a wooden spoon until broken up and well browned, about 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a small bowl, leaving fat behind.

  3. Increase heat to high, add mushrooms to skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until moisture has evaporated and mushrooms are well-browned, about 10 minutes. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce and lemon juice and stir to combine.

  4. Add flour and cook, stirring, until a thin film begins to form on the bottom of the pan, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in chicken broth followed by heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining grated cheese until melted. Stir in remaining parsley and chives. Stir in sausage. Season to taste with salt and lots of black pepper.

  5. Adjust rack to 10 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions, removing it when still just shy of al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid. Return to pot. Add mushroom mixture and stir to combine, adding liquid to adjust consistency. Pasta should be very loose but not soupy. Return to cast iron skillet and top with bread crumbs. Broil until golden brown, rotating pan as necessary, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Large cast iron skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
669 Calories
42g Fat
48g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 669
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 21g 103%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 1649mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 317mg 24%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 708mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)