Justin, over at Marx Foods, was kind enough to send me a sample pack of several different varieties of their dried mushrooms to experiment with. Lucky day for me! I love mushrooms, but you know The Bankrupt Vegan can't always afford the fancy stuff. So, it was really nice to get to play around with these.
This recipe features the dried porcini mushrooms from Marx Foods. I received eight varieties to try and this is the first one I've had a chance to use so far. Porcinis don't come cheap, though, so feel free to try the recipe without them and see how you fare. But, if you're able to get your hands on some dried porcini mushrooms, you will find that even a small amount can impart a delicious, rich and meaty flavor to your pasta dishes, soups and more. I really dig the flavor.
Here's the recipe...
1/8 C olive oil
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 8oz package white mushrooms, finely chopped
1/4 C dried porcini mushrooms
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
1/2 C dry red wine
1/4 C water
salt and pepper, to taste
1 16oz package of your favorite linguini
nutritional yeast, for garnish
- Place dried porcinis in a blender or coffee grinder and chop until finely ground.
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add onion, carrot, celery, and white mushrooms. Saute until soft - about 10 minutes.
- Add the wine and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Add the water, salt, pepper, crushed tomatoes and porcinis.
- Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook linguine according to package direction.
- To serve, scoop the pasta into a bowl and ladel with sauce. Sprinkle "nooch" on top, to taste.
- Make 4 "Texas-sized" bowls of pasta, or 6-8 normal sized bowls.