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Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole 
Mar. 1, 2013 11:52 am 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 7:00 pm

Recipe: Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

Taste: 4 stars

Ease of Preparation: 3 stars

Cost: 4 stars

My first attempt at real cooking started great. I washed portobellos by simply rinsing them. An episode of “Good Eats” came to mind that showed that mushrooms didn't soak up as much water as originally thought. It seemed to work, because they sautéed just fine.

The cheese sauce was easy enough to make. There was a lot of stirring involved, which is why it got docked a star.

I was cleaning up and getting the dishes put away, when I realized that the soy sauce was still out. The recipe had not called for any salt. So the soy sauce was crucial. This was a significant blunder.

We tried it and it was great, but it could have seriously used the soy sauce. But, all and all it was a success. I will have to try this recipe again with the soy sauce to get the full goodness of it all. 

Despite my mistake, my family liked it. Even my oldest (whilst picking mushrooms out) said that he loved it. So, total win.

Mar. 1, 2013 2:01 pm
Hehe! My kids are still picking out mushrooms and they're 16 and 17, soon to be 18! Congrats on your great success! It sounds really good, and there were a number of skill builders in that recipe!
Mar. 1, 2013 7:09 pm
That's like a fancy man's Mac and cheese! Lol. I can see where you might forget the soy sauce, it doesn't seem to quite fit in there, does it. The recipe looks great. I am going to make it the next time my nieces and nephews are here. I might put in extra mushrooms, chopped really small. That ought to keep them busy picking them out for a while. :)
Mar. 1, 2013 8:37 pm
I have lost count of the number of times I have forgotten an ingredient but looking back, it was usually an ingredient that I wouldn't have used if the recipe didn't require it. Freudian cooking? The soy sauce could have been added at the table. To the day he passed away, my father was still picking mushrooms out of dishes. Nice job!
Mar. 2, 2013 9:38 pm
hehouston: Nice job! Looks like you made a good choice with your recipe. Not overly complicated, but still challenging. The best part is your family loved it, so you can tuck that in your arsenal.
Mar. 3, 2013 8:44 am
Thanks again for the encouragement. It is nice to know that others have the same issues.
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I'm a domestically challenged stay-at-home mom with two small boys and a wonderful husband. I have attempted to cook periodically, but was never very good at it. I am now into it with determination to make it work.
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Veggies, Fish, and Pasta
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Chicken Stroganoff
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It's still too early to have many triumphs, but I have been doing okay with was I've tried.
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Pasta with broccoli, tomato, and white wine sauce; roasted carrots
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