HELLO FRESH – Creamy Dreamy Mushroom Cavatappi

A meatless offering from the folks @HelloFresh that makes a delicious dinner for two. Mushrooms are the star of this dish, but after beginning to sauté the button mushroom that came with the meal kit, I grabbed a package of cremini mushrooms to add to the pan. This beefed up the flavor substantially. Browning the mushrooms releases the trapped water and builds a hearty umami flavor profile.PXL_20201211_005022267 (1) The cavatappi is a great choice for this dish. If cooked al dente the pasta provides a pleasant bite and stands up well to the sauce. The ridges on the pasta grab the sauce and scallion and garlic bits so you get a mix of flavors. The garlic and scallions added a nice flavor to the dish, but a shallot would have been better in place of the scallions. The cream sauce is made with a combination of @LoveMyPhilly cream cheese, milk, and pasta water that are thickened with a roux. It coats the pasta well, but you must reheat it very carefully or it will break.PXL_20201211_005031336 This Meal Kit was extremely easy to prepare took less than 30 minutes from start to sitting down to eat. Because I added the cremini mushrooms to this recipe the cost ended up being around $10.00 per person. Served along with a tossed salad and garlic bread this was very filling. I would recommend this @HelloFresh meal kit to anyone.

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