I’ve got mushrooms on the brain and they’re growing like a fungus. Perhaps it’s the approach of fall and the sudden drop in temperature around here. Can’t seem to think of a thing to make which doesn’t somehow involve mushrooms, which is quite unfortunate for my anti-mushroom husband. But my most recent mushroom creation even managed to delight my mushroom avoiding husband.
The idea began after staring at the log of goat cheese, which has been sitting in my fridge, leftover from our last wine and cheese night. If you’ve been reading for the past few weeks, y’all know how I feel about goat cheese. You’ve seen the salads covered with goat cheese and pizza of goat cheese, figs and prosciutto. It occurred to me that the leftover goat cheese would be lovely in a ravioli, but for lack of a pasta maker, I abandoned that idea. But the pasta idea was not a total loss. Manicotti or large pasta shells would make perfect vessels for my precious goat cheese. I decided on using manicotti.
I blended the goat cheese with ricotta cheese and a touch of mozzarella, then bound the cheeses together with a lightly beaten egg and piped the mixture into the cooked manicotti pasta. After baking the filled pasta until fully cooked, the cheesy pasta is topped with a creamy mushroom sauce, accented with garlic and Italian cheese flavors. The result is a super satisfying meal, perfect for the rapidly approaching fall weather.
Goat Cheese Manicotti with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce
For the Pasta:
- 1 8 ounce package of Manicotti (14 pieces)
- 3 cups Ricotta Cheese
- 8 ounces Goat Cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup Mozzarella
- Leaves from 3-4 sprigs Parsley, chopped
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
For the Sauce:
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 4 cups Wild Mushrooms, chopped (Shitake, Cremini, Oyster, etc.)
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 2 cups Light Cream
- 1/2 cup Italian Cheese Blend (Asiago, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Fontina…)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
Boil the manicotti according to package directions. Rinse with cool water.
In a bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, mozzarella, parsley, salt, and pepper. Before adding the egg, taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper, if desired. Then, add the beaten egg and stir to combine.
Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe the mixture into the cooked pasta. Alternately, use a spoon to fill the pasta. Place each filled manicotti into the prepared baking dish.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes until completely cooked through.
Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Heat butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Pour the cream over the mushrooms and stir to combine. Cook for a few minutes until the cream begins to bubble and thicken. Add the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.
Pour the mushroom cream sauce over the pasta before serving.