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Cheddar Mushroom Linguine

Easy family dinner ideas got better with creamy cauliflower & leek sauce, buttery garlic mushrooms & cheddar cheese on linguine to make Cheddar Mushroom Linguine.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Gina Kleinworth

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 - 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 leek - washed ends trimmed- sliced down the middle & chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 small box linguini noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sargento Sharp Cheddar Cheese- fine cut
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine water, cauliflower & chopped leek pieces in a medium saucepan
  • Cover & cook over medium 7-10 minutes or until pieces are fork tender- do not drain
  • In a large stockpot- prepare linguini noodles to package directions - drain & set aside but keep warm
  • Combine garlic, butter & mushrooms in a small skillet & saute over medium heat until mushrooms are slightly softened but garlic has not browned. - Remove from heat
  • Use a slotted spoon & transfer cauliflower & leeks to the blender
  • Add 1/2 cup reserved cooking water, milk, salt & pepper
  • Blend on high for 2-5 full minutes or until it reaches the consistency you are looking for (you can leave a little thicker or blend until smooth)
  • Remove blender blade & stir in your buttery garlic mushrooms & cheese
  • Spoon over prepared noodles