Cheesy baked pasta with a clam and mushroom alfredo sauce – cheesy comfort food at it’s best! You will make this pasta again and again!
Cheesy pasta. That’s pretty much the definition of comfort food right? And this baked shrimp pasta with mushroom alfredo sauce is most definitely comfort food.
It’s also perfect for Mother’s Day which is coming up this weekend. This recipe is actually one that my mom used to make on a fairly regular basis when I was growing up, but I haven’t had it in years. Mostly because I didn’t have any individual pasta dishes to make it in and it just didn’t seem right to make it in a big casserole dish. Because that’s not how my mom made it.
And we all know that the way your mom made it is always the best. You just can’t mess with that.
As a side note, I did make this in a casserole dish just to see if it was still good (because I’m guessing some of you also don’t have individual pasta dishes!) and it was still pretty fantastic, but the individual ones are better. I think it’s all the crispy edges that make the difference. That, and the fact that you are guaranteed to get your fair share of the shrimp. Nothing worse then having shrimp pasta and only getting one shrimp. No one wants that.
My whole family loved this baked penne when my mom would make it. It would always be a hit – I remember my brother and sister and I even requesting it for those special meals like birthday dinners. It was the perfect family meal – special enough for big events like birthdays or Mother’s Day, but easy enough that it can be a simple weeknight meal as well.
So when Barilla Canada approached me about creating a recipe for Mother’s Day for their Share the Table initiative – I didn’t have to think too hard about what to make. Having family dinners together has always been important to me – growing up I don’t recall too many evenings when we didn’t eat together, and that has remained a priority as I’ve had children of my own. And on days like Mother’s Day, we definitely try to share a special meal together.
So if you’re looking for a special dish to share with your family this Mother’s Day (or just any day really) try this baked shrimp pasta with mushroom alfredo sauce. Cheesy penne with shrimp, baby clams, and a homemade mushroom alfredo sauce – fancy enough for a big meal, but easy enough for a weeknight. Plus, it can be made ahead of time and either refrigerated or frozen before baking it.
Doesn’t get much better then that!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Barilla Canada, and I have been compensated for my time and provided with product for recipe testing purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.