Baked macaroni with leeks and mushrooms

Posted: August 1, 2010 by nietize in Italian, Mushroom, Pasta
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From Let’s Cook Italian and Pasta
2 tbsp olive oil,
1 onion peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
2 small leeks trimmed and chopped
450g assorted wild mushrooms, trimmed
50ml white wine
75g butter
150g creme fraiche
salt and freshly ground black pepper
75g fresh white bread crumbs
350 short cut macaroni
1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees, 15 minutes before cooking. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the leeks, mushrooms and 25g of the butter then cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the white wine, cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the creme fraiche. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Meanwhile bring a large pan of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to the packet instructions, or until al dente.

Melt 25g of the butter with the remaining oil in a small frying pan and fry until just beginning to turn golden brown. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

Drain the pasta thoroughly, toss in the remaining butter than tip into a lightly oiled, 1.4 litre shallow baking dish. Cover the pasta with the leek and mushroom mixture then sprinkle with the fried breadcrumbs. Bake in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.


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