Penne With Mushrooms, Onions and Goat Cheese {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Penne With Mushrooms, Onions and Goat Cheese {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Penne pasta with beefy Portobello mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions, and tangy goat cheese are perfect for when the day has been long and you don’t feel like standing around in the kitchen cooking supper.

This very quick and easy Meatless Monday meal is ready in about the same time it takes to boil pasta and at the end, you have a bowl full of warm creamy pasta that has the same look and feels like a dish you would get from a gourmet kitchen. The great thing is you can take all of the credit for the delicious dish of penne!

Here, let me show you how this simple penne pasta dish comes together:

Penne pasta with beefy portobello mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese. A quick and easy Meatless Monday meal ready in just minutes. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Caramelize the Onions:

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, a pinch salt, and the sugar; cook, stirring frequently until the onions are well browned, about 20 minutes. Remove the onions from pan.

Cook the onions low and slow. This may seem like a daunting process, but it is so worth it in the end. The onions will be caramelized and sweet.

Saute the Mushrooms:

Using the same pan, melt remaining butter and oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and season with salt, to taste; cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the reserved caramelized onions, the parsley, and season with salt and the pepper, to taste.

Boil the Penne:

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Cook the penne about 2 minutes less than the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain.

Bring It All Together:

Toss the penne with ½ cup of the reserved pasta water, the mushroom mixture, remaining tablespoon of oil, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese. If the pasta seems too dry, add more of the reserved pasta water.

Serve the penne:

Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Penne pasta with beefy portobello mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese. A quick and easy Meatless Monday meal ready in just minutes. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Penne pasta with beefy portobello mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese. A quick and easy Meatless Monday meal ready in just minutes. | TheMountainKitchen.com

This pasta is so rich and hearty. It’ll make Meatless Monday seem like a lazy Sunday, I promise!

Penne pasta with beefy portobello mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese. A quick and easy Meatless Monday meal ready in just minutes. | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Penne With Portobello Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Penne pasta with beefy Portobello mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese. A quick and easy Meatless Monday meal ready in just minutes.
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian / Meatless Monday
Keyword Caramelized Onions, goat cheese, Pasta, Penne, Portobello Mushrooms
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 620kcal
Author Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 3 medium onions chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound Portobello mushrooms stems removed and sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • ¾ pound penne pasta
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated, + more for serving

Instructions

Caramelize the Onions:

  • In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, a pinch salt, and the sugar; cook, stirring frequently until the onions are well browned, about 20 minutes. Remove the onions from pan.
    Cook the onions low and slow. This may seem like a daunting process, but it is so worth it in the end. The onions will be caramelized and sweet.

Saute the Mushrooms:

  • Using the same pan, melt remaining butter and oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and season with salt, to taste; cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the reserved caramelized onions, the parsley, and season with salt and the pepper, to taste.

Boil the Penne:

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Cook the penne about 2 minutes less than the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain.

Bring It All Together:

  • Toss the penne with ½ cup of the reserved pasta water, the mushroom mixture, remaining tablespoon of oil, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese. If the pasta seems too dry, add more of the reserved pasta water.

Serve The Penne:

  • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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 Photos updated 1/17/2018

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