Apr 5, 2010

Potpourri Pasta with Cream of Mushroom Sauce

Last night is a very memorable day in my little food blogger's history,
I had never ate so much food in my life,
I felt like it took me double the amount of time just to wash my belly in the shower,
It was THAT huge...bending over to pick up the coin on the floor will be mission impossible...

As a consequence of my careless action....a serious stomachache....
Especially the day after...
My stomach finally demands for a protest..
No more binge eating! No more binge eating!
To make the matters worse, I was binge eating on spicy hot hot..

So during my recuperating period, I came up with this light and easy recipe...
A break for my hard-working tummy,
Potpourri pasta with cream of mushroom sauce-

Ingredients (for 4 to 5 portions)?

1 pack/10 oz of potpourri pasta
(I used the one made with organic mixed vegetables, about time to pamper my tummy)
1 lb of ground pork
1 small can of cream of mushroom
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
Some freshly ground black pepper
Some fresh Italian flat leaf parsley (chopped)
Some salt
Some red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Tabasco sauce if desired


Don't know what's potpourri pasta?
Here's a picture of the one I used for this recipe-

If you can't find potpourri,
It can be substitute with any kind of smaller sized pasta such as fusilli, coquillettes, farfalle, and orecchiette.

So first let's prepare a pot of water, bring to a boil and sprinkle some salt in it,
Add the pasta and cook according to package instruction.

Meanwhile have a big pan ready, drizzle some olive oil and turn to high heat,
Toss in chopped onions along with some salt and red pepper flakes,
I used about 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, you can use more if desired,
Cook till the onion turned translucent, add the ground pork, some Italian seasoning, some salt and about 1 teaspoon of black pepper,
*Other kind of mixed seasonings work too,
For example, herbs de Provence.

Give it a quick stir, make sure every ingredients are coated with the seasonings, and the ground pork is not sticking into large pieces,
Add cream of mushroom,
Mix well, taste and see if more salt is needed.

The pasta should be ready by now, drain it and transfer to the mixture,
Combine well, garnish with some fresh parsley before serving.
I usually add more black pepper and some Tabasco sauce for myself,
But due to my "swollen" tummy..I think I'll skip the Tabasco part this time..

Cindy's Rating: 7 (indeed light and healthy, plus easy to make)


  1. WhoA, I need to search for potpourri pasta now! So pretty!

  2. To Tigerfish~
    Yeah I saw it randomly at Wholefoods! Pretty yummy too!