Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano

With a combination of Alfredo and pesto in the pasta sauce that’s loaded with mushrooms, spinach and Roma tomatoes this copycat Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano recipe makes an easy and delicious dinner!

Plate of copycat Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano by skillet full with bread

Serve with Hawaiian Roll Garlic Bread for a delicious meal!

Pasta Milano Macaroni Grill Recipe

A rich and delicious pasta meal with several flavors that blend beautifully together is the type of meal we enjoy when going out to eat. This Pasta Milano Macaroni Grill inspired recipe is an enjoyable treat!

Anytime pasta and mushrooms are involved we are drawn to trying that dish. The spinach and tomatoes are bonus veggies that help fill out the dish.

This one-skillet meal is made in under 30 minutes and will satisfy your craving for a restaurant-quality meal at home. Add baked cheesy bread or another fresh bread and butter for a complete meal with pasta!

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Sometimes life changes and it just makes more sense to make more copycat pasta meals at home.  We started with our Instant Pot Chicken Carbonara and Coypcat Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup and moved on to Crock Pot Spaghetti and Instant Pot Lasagna.  

With a couple young kids in 2020 it’s so much easier to cook at home than try to contain a circus in a restaurant.  So we enjoy making a variety of meals like Stromboli, Pulled Pork Quesadillas, and Instant Pot Sausage, Potatoes & Green Beans that taste like restaurant quality but are easy enough to make in 30 minutes or less.   

Fork full of copycat Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano over plate full

There is a good bit of sauce with this recipe. Serve it in a shallow bowl or on a plate.

Tips for Making Pasta Milano

  • Farfalle pasta is also known as bowtie pasta
  • Shells can be substituted for farfalle pasta
  • I prefer to use the fresher refrigerated alfredo and pesto instead of the jars
  • Wash and dry spinach well and if there’s excess liquid in the tomatoes drain some before adding to the skillet to avoid a soupy texture
  • It is important to use fresh mushrooms, spinach, garlic and tomatoes for the best flavor profile possible in this meal
  • Chicken or Homemade Italian Sausage can be added to this meal if desired, as big meat eaters we still really enjoyed this as a vegetarian meal that is very filling
Mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes in sauce over bowtie pasta

Ingredients Needed

  • Farfalle or bowtie pasta
  • Butter
  • Red onion
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Fresh spinach or baby spinach
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Fresh garlic
  • Garlic roasted alfredo sauce
  • Pesto
  • Shredded parmesan cheese

How to Make Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano

Prepare all of the ingredients and allow the spinach to dry and the tomatoes to drain just a bit before beginning to cook. I’ve tried to wash and chop ingredients as needed in this recipe and I just can’t keep up.

Fill pot with water and boil as you cook the veggies, but wait to cook pasta.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and add diced onions, sliced mushrooms and minced garlic. Cover the skillet and cook until tender.

I find using a garlic mincer is the easiest way to prepare the garlic.

Mushrooms, red onions and garlic sautéing in a skillet

Once these ingredients are all tender add tomatoes and cook for a couple minutes until they are warm.

Diced roma tomatoes added to mushrooms and onions in a skillet

Stir everything together and then add the spinach.

Since the spinach wilts using large leaves of regular spinach is fine. Spending a bit more to get baby spinach would not be super noticeable in this recipe.

Vegetables sautéing in a skillet

If there is excess liquid in the skillet at this time feel free to drain. This step may not be necessary.

Meanwhile add pasta to the pot and cook to al dente according to the directions on the package.

Finishing The Sauce

Turn heat to medium low and add Alfredo sauce to the skillet and mix everything together well. Add pesto and mix well again.

Alfredo sauce and pesto added

Sprinkle or shave fresh parmesan cheese over the top. Return lid to skillet to speed up the warming process if desired. Heat through thouroughly.

Skillet full of sauce with parmesan cheese for Macaroni Grill Pasta

Cooked and drained pasta may be stirred into this skillet for serving is space allows in your skillet. Or pasta may be plated and the sauce spooned over top for serving.

We like to spoon the sauce over the pasta as the adults crave more sauce and the kids tend to prefer more pasta with a little sauce.

Serve warm and enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers in an air tight container for 2 – 4 days. Leftovers freeze well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. I like to freeze individual portions to defrost for a quick lunch as needed.

Restaurant Quality Meals to Make at Home

Alfredo and pesto sauce on plate of vegetable topped pasta milano

Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
With a combination of Alfredo and pesto in the pasta sauce that’s loaded with mushrooms, spinach and Roma tomatoes this copycat Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano makes a delicious dinner!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces farfalle pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 4 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 roma tomatoes cut in chunks
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 16 ounces roasted garlic alfredo sauce
  • 6 ounces pesto
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat and saute onion, mushrooms and garlic until tender.
    3 tablespoons butter, 1 small red onion, 4 ounces mushrooms, 2 cloves garlic
  • Add tomatoes for 2 minutes and then add spinach. Cook together until spinach is wilted.
    6 roma tomatoes, 8 ounces spinach
  • While cooking boil pasta until al dente using the directions on the package.
    16 ounces farfalle pasta
  • Add alfredo sauce to skillet and mix it well. Add pesto. Mix well. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and heat through thouroughly.
    16 ounces roasted garlic alfredo sauce, 6 ounces pesto, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • Add drained pasts to skillet stir and serve OR pour sauce and vegetables over top of plated pasta.

Notes

  • Farfalle pasta is also known as bowtie pasta
  • Shells can be substituted for farfalle pasta
  • I prefer to use the fresher refrigerated alfredo and pesto instead of the jars
  • Wash and dry spinach well and if there’s excess liquid in the tomatoes drain some before adding to the skillet to avoid a soupy texture
  • It is important to use fresh mushrooms, spinach, garlic and tomatoes for the best flavor profile possible in this meal
  • Chicken or Italian sausage can be added to this meal if desired, as big meat eaters we still really enjoyed this as a vegetarian meal that is very filling

Nutrition

Calories: 631kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 18gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 951mgPotassium: 613mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4851IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 179mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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