Mushroom Rigatoni Bake

Mushroom Rigatoni Bake Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
A full cup of Italian Asiago cheese gives body and flavor to the velvety sauce, which is laced with sherry.


4 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 474
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 16 g
Satfat 8 g
Monofat 4.6 g
Polyfat 2.2 g
Protein 21.8 g
Carbohydrate 61.4 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Iron 3.9 mg
Sodium 745 mg
Calcium 386 mg


8 ounces uncooked gigli or radiatore pasta
2 teaspoons butter
1/4 cup sliced shallots
8 ounces sliced shiitake mushroom caps
4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 cup (4 ounces) grated Asiago cheese, divided
Cooking spray
Thyme sprigs (optional)


Preheat oven to 375°.

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well. Set cooked pasta aside.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1 tablespoon thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add sherry; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Place flour in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; add 1/2 cup cheese, stirring until melted. Add pasta and mushroom mixture to cheese mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Karen Levin,

Cooking Light

March 2004
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