Here is an easy and delicious pasta meal that packs much more than red sauce or creamy cheese. Featured in the November issue of Real Simple, of course I had to try it.


Pasta with Brie, Mushrooms, and Arugala

12 oz. of penne pasta (3/4 box)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound button mushrooms, quartered
1 small red onion, sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
Kosher salt and pepper
8 oz. brie cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups baby arugala

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain, and return to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat teh oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook, tossing until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, 2-3 minutes. Add the wine, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, 5-6 minutes.

Toss the pasta with the brie and reserved water until coated. Stir in the mushrooms and Arugala.

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Pasta with Brie, Mushrooms, and Arugala

This was great and easy to make. I had some arugala on hand already, and I used mini penne pasta, which I think was a better alternative.  I also only added 5 0z. of brie because it was what I already had. I also felt better because I cut out a teeny bit of fat content from the cheese.  Overall, a yummy and very different meal. Would make a great date-night dinner, especially for vegetarians!