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Pasta with Portobello Mushrooms and Sauce – Quick and Inexpensive Meal

There are those days when I am looking for an easy, quick, and inexpensive meal idea, yet nutritious at the same time.  One which will not require running out to the store for any missing ingredients.

Today, I had one of those days, and after checking my food supply in my pantry and fridge, I decided on a pasta meal with mushrooms and sauce.

It it not a casserole, so no baking involved, and the pasta sauce was ready made.  All I had to do is to cook the pasta, saute the mushrooms, and  mix it all together. Quick and easy, wouldn’t you agrees?

I had two packs of mushrooms, since they were on sale on my last food shopping , so I bought two for the price of one..great deal on Portobello Mushroons.  I also had some fresh Tuscany Bread, fresh garlic (I never run of of this food staple), so I was able to make homemade garlic bread go to with our meal.

Main ingredients for quick vegetarian dinner


  • 8 oz of Portobello Mushrooms (1 small pack)
  • 15 oz Bertolli Sauce (I used Four Cheese Rosa)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2  onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs olive oil (for sauteing onions)
  • 2 cups of uncooked pasta (1/2 box )
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional)
  • Salt and Black pepper to taste


  1. Rinse mushrooms, or wipe off with a damp paper towel (I rinse them).
  2. Trim off the stem ends.
  3. Peel off the skin from the mushroom’s tops (optional).
  4. Slice the mushrooms.
  5. Heat up a frying pan with the olive oil (also fill up a medium pot with water, and bring it to boil, for the pasta).
  6. Add chopped onions and saute until translucent, and starting to turn golden color.
  7. Add chopped garlic and saute another minute.
  8. Add sliced mushrooms, and saute 5 minutes longer.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Add 2 cups of raw pasta to the boiling water, and cook pasta to al dente.
  11. Drain co0ked pasta, and put back into the pot.
  12. Add the sauce to mushrooms, and cook until it start to bubble.
  13. Add sauce to pasta, and mix well.
  14. Pasta is ready to serve.
  15. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top of pasta, just before serving

Here is an easy recipe to make garlic bread, if  you want to serve it with your pasta.

Garlic Bread

homemade garlic bread


  • 4 slices of your favorite bread ( Italian, French,Tuscany, Saloio)
  • 2 Tbs  butter
  • Garlic powder, or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Italian seasoning, or dried basil (optional)
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated


  1. Place the bread sliced on a baking sheet
  2. Spread the butter on one side of each piece of bread
  3. Generously sprinkle garlic powder of the butter, or spread 1/4 of the chopped garlic on each slice of buttered bread
  4. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning
  5. Sprinkle generously grated Parmesan Cheese
  6. Turn on the oven on Broil
  7. Position oven rack to at least 3 -4 inches below the heating element
  8. Broil about 3 minutes, or until the bread edges start to brown slightly (watch it closely, because it can burn up very quickly)

TIP:  This meal will serve your whole family, for the price of one serving at  a local restaurant.

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