Cheesy Pasta Bake
6 servings | Prep Time: 30 min | Cook Time: 30 min
- 1 lb fusilli pasta
- 2 quarts water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup shallot, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 5 brown crimini mushrooms, diced (1 to 1.5 cup when diced)
- 26oz tomato passata (strained tomatoes)
- 28oz can whole tomatoes
- 1 cup Beecher’s Flagship, shredded
- 1 cup Beecher’s Just Jack, shredded
- 1 cup Beecher’s Marco Polo, shredded
- 1 cup Beecher’s SheepSheep
- 1 cup Beecher’s Plain Cheese Curds
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a large pot bring water to a boil and add 1TBSP of salt and 1TBSP of olive oil. Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook to package instructions.
- Shred cheese, and mix them all together in a bowl, excluding the cheese curds. Set aside.
- In a large pan set over medium heat, add remaining 1TBSP of olive oil and shallots. Sauté for about a minute.
- Add dried basil, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Bloom spices until fragrant about 1 to 2 minutes
- Add garlic, salt, and pepper, and sauté for another minute.
- Add whole tomatoes and tomato passata bring to a light boil, about 3 minutes. Crush whole tomatoes with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
- Add mushrooms, and cook until softened and reduced, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add strained pasta and about 1/2c of pasta water to the tomato sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add about half of the tomato & pasta mixture to a 9×13 baking dish, top with half of the shredded cheese and half of the cheese curds. Repeat with the remaining pasta and cheese, ending with cheese curds on top.
- Bake at 400°F for 5 to 7 minutes until cheese is melting, finish off with a broil for 1 minute (NOTE: Keep an eye on the dish when it is on broil to ensure it doesn’t burn, everyone’s ovens are different).
- Top with fresh basil garnish, and serve warm!
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