Gooey wild mushroom and spinach one-pot pasta dinner

Pinterest is a great way to lose a few hours, isn’t it? I find myself browsing pins for things I’m not even interested in, like bathroom decor and wedding decorations. Although to be fair, as you might expect, mostly I look at recipes. And food more generally. But mostly recipes.

Recently, I found myself browsing ‘one-pot’ pasta dishes. The general idea seems to be that you make a liquidy sauce, then chuck in the pasta (and possibly vegetables) and cook it in the sauce, in the same pot, hence ‘one-pot’. What could be easier? 

On any given school night, easy is definitely the right adjective to describe our dinner, so I decided to give the one-pot method a go. But, since I’m new to the technique and wanted to maximise the chances of success, I used ptitim (Israeli giant couscous), as they cook quickly and in a known volume of liquid. I’m sure you could use orzo or any other small pasta shapes in this recipe for a very similar end result.

The sauce was gooey and creamy and extremely tasty, and the ptitim were just cooked without being mushy. Perfect! And as promised, the washing up was minimal! 

I’ll certainly be trying this technique again, and now that I’ve got the basics, perhaps next time I’ll be brave enough to try with ‘big’ pasta shapes, or even spaghetti. I bet you could even finish this off in the oven to create a sort of baked-risotto/pasta-bake hybrid…

Grate over some cheese to make it extra yummy. Serves 3-4.

Gooey wild mushroom & spinach one-pot pasta - an easy and delicious vegetarian dinner. Cook everything together for a quick, fuss-free meal and very little washing up!

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Gooey wild mushroom and spinach one-pot pasta
Serves 3
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
640 calories
93 g
66 g
21 g
24 g
4 g
642 g
431 g
22 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 640
Calories from Fat 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 431mg
Total Carbohydrates 93g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 22g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 medium onions
  2. 300g mixed mushrooms - white, chestnut, oyster, shiitake etc.
  3. 3 tbsp olive oil
  4. 100ml milk
  5. 100ml vegetable stock
  6. 150g ptitim (or similar small pasta such as orzo)
  7. 200g fresh spinach
  8. Salt & pepper
  9. Grated parmesan or similar hard cheese to serve (optional)
  1. Peel the onions and slice finely. Brush any dirt from the mushrooms and slice.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the onions and cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes until soft and starting to brown.
  3. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pour in the milk and stock and bring to a simmer. Add the ptitim, stir well, cover and simmer over a very low heat for 8-10 minutes until the ptitim are just cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Place the spinach on top of the ptitim mixture, cover and allow to wilt for 1-2 minutes. Stir the spinach in.
  6. If the mixture looks slightly dry, moisten with a little extra milk or stock to achieve your desired level of gooeyness. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with the grated parmesan.
Not only are the ingredients for this delicious dish relatively inexpensive, you also save on your water & detergent bill by minimising the washing up! Definitely a recipe for Credit Crunch Munch, hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary and organised by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All.


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  2. I’ve not yet got the hang of Pinterest – perhaps that’s a good thing as I’d never have time to cook!

    This recipe will be perfect for us on our caravan adventure. I’m all for one-pot cooking in such a small kitchen 😉 We’re in France at the moment and could buy mixed packs of ‘adventurous’ mushrooms to try so I’ll bookmark for next week’s shopping list. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Stephanie Jane

    • Thanks Stephanie. I hope it works out in your tiny kitchen! French supermarkets are such fun – I love the idea of ‘adventurous’ mushrooms 🙂

  3. Oh yum! This is my sort of comfort food recipe for sure! Thank you for sharing with the Credit Crunch Munch 🙂

  4. I love one pot dishes and traybakes! Easy and less washing up which is a bonus! This looks so comforting and delicious.

  5. This looks delicious. I’m definitely going to be making this soon x

  6. Looks delicious and quite easy to make as well so one for me to try out on the family thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Looks absolutely delicious. So delicious in fact that I might give this a go this evening!

  8. I love pasta and spinach and this recipe marries my two favourite things! R

  9. I haven’t tried the one-pot pasta idea yet but I like your version with, and a perfect weekday meal for the family

  10. LOVE the sound of this. Spinach and Mushrooms are one of my favourite combinations. I’ve never heard of ptitim but love orzo.

    • Thanks – spinach & mushrooms are great together aren’t they?! Yum. Ptitim are sometimes called giant couscous or Israeli couscous. They’re basically like orzo but in slightly different shapes. The ones I used here were little stars, but they come in circles, flowers, hearts, spheres…

  11. I love this dish Helen, I am forever making meals out of spinach and mushrooms so great to have another one to try! Will have to get some of this pasta now! Thanks for linking up to #CreditCrunchMunch;-)

  12. Goodness I think I must have lost at least 6 months browsing through Pinterest. I love one pot meals too – hey anything that cuts down on the washing up is a winner in my book! Love this recipe it looks so comforting and filling. Yum!

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