Creamy Pesto Cavatelli with Mushrooms & Spicy Breadcrumbs

Creamy Pesto Cavatelli

with Mushrooms & Spicy Breadcrumbs

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The easy sauce for this dish highlights rich basil pesto and smooth mascarpone cheese, all tossed with tender sautéed mushrooms and zucchini, which perfectly blend in with petite cavatelli pasta.
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Creamy Pesto Cavatelli with Mushrooms & Spicy Breadcrumbs
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  • 10 oz Fresh Cavatelli Pasta (Previously Frozen)
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 4 oz Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 Zucchini
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the peppers

Make the spicy breadcrumbs
2 Make the spicy breadcrumbs

In a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and half the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Turn off the heat and stir in as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Transfer to a plate; immediately season with salt. Wipe out the pan. 

Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 11 to 13 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to  the pot. 

Cook the vegetables
4 Cook the vegetables

Meanwhile, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned. Add the sliced zucchini and remaining chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked vegetables, chopped peppers, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated. Turn off the heat. Add the mascarpone and pesto; stir to combine (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the spicy breadcrumbs. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the peppers

2 Make the spicy breadcrumbs

In a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and half the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Turn off the heat and stir in as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Transfer to a plate; immediately season with salt. Wipe out the pan. 

Make the spicy breadcrumbs
Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 11 to 13 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to  the pot. 

4 Cook the vegetables

Meanwhile, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned. Add the sliced zucchini and remaining chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the vegetables
Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked vegetables, chopped peppers, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated. Turn off the heat. Add the mascarpone and pesto; stir to combine (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the spicy breadcrumbs. Enjoy!