In keeping with the space theme, we have to have at least a couple of themed meals. Have you all seen the tiny star-shaped pasta? It’s called Stelline, and it’s the cutest pasta I’ve ever seen.
I looked for some ideas on Pinterest, and ran across a photo of some stelline stuffed portobellos. Ali loves mushrooms and it seemed like the perfect idea.
Unfortunately, it was just a picture with no corresponding link. But, I made some educated guesses as to what was in it.
I started out dicing the peppers and sauteing them with a little bit of garlic and olive oil. By the way, I cannot say enough good things about pre-minced garlic in a jar. There’s no processing of cloves and the lid keeps the smell in. Just keep in your refrigerator. This jar lasts us for several months.
While these are cooking (or earlier in the day, or the day before) pre-cook your pasta per package instructions. Drain and set aside.
You’ll also want to pre-cook your mushrooms for a few minutes in a 375 oven. Don’t fully cook them, just let them soften a little.
Add some fresh basil to your pepper/garlic mixture. Throw in a pinch of salt. Add your pre-cooked pasta.
(I added some mozzarella at this point for flavor and sticking power.)
Once the pasta is full incorporated it’s time to stuff the mushrooms. Here is where the kids can help. It doesn’t have to be precise. And, it can look a little messy.
Stick under the broiler for 2-3 min. The pasta will get a little golden-brown.
We used mini portobellos (the perfect size for toddler hands) and had stuffing mixture left over. They were a big hit with Alli. We may even try the full-sized mushrooms next time!
If you have other good recipes using stelline, share in the comments. It’s already become a new favorite.