Pasta à la Savannah

Two servings pasta à la Savannah


Late one evening, we had a nice comforting pasta in an Italian Riverside restaurant in Savannah. We had been travelling all day and this warm and tasty dish was just what we needed. The pasta was grilled in individual oven- proof dishes until the cheese had melted and included a good mixture of vegetables: mushrooms, spinach, shallots, and garlic. It had quite a generous amount of cream sauce in the American style and the choice of two cheeses, parmesan and mozzarella, went well with the vegetables.

The following recipe is my twist of that pasta. I have omitted the cream and chosen wholewheat pasta for a healthier variation. Almost any pasta shapes work in this recipe except the long ones like spaghetti or tagliatelle.

If you have individual oven-proof dishes by all means use them for an impressive presentation. Our photo shows two portions of the recipe.

2 servings

2 handfuls of wholewheat pasta such as fusilli or penne

Olive oil

2 handfuls of sliced mushrooms

2- 3 shallots, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

50 ml white wine

100 ml chicken stock

1 tsp. Provençal herbs

Freshly ground black pepper

3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves

1 small mozzarella ball

2 handfuls of grated parmesan

Warm 2 tbsp. olive oil in a   sauté pan over medium heat. Fry the mushrooms until they start releasing some liquid. Add the shallots and garlic and continue sautéing for 5- 10 minutes stirring now and again. Add the white wine, chicken stock, herbs, and some black pepper. Reduce the heat for simmering.

Meanwhile cook the pasta, cut the mozzarella into eight chunks and grate the parmesan. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add to the sauté pan. Add the spinach and continue sautéing until the spinach has just wilted. 

Preheat the oven to 210°C, roast.

Transfer the pasta and vegetables into an oven- proof dish and fold in the parmesan. Scatter the mozzarella chunks among the pasta and vegetables. Roast for 5- 10 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. 


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