Mushrooms and Marinara Pasta

Mushroom-and-Marinara-Pasta

After the holidays do you crave something other than turkey, ham or mashed potatoes?

How about some Italian food?  Maybe pasta with an easy-to-make marinara sauce topped with piled high mushrooms cooked in butter and wine?

If so, I have just the recipe for you.  It’s meatless but you would hardly know it with the mushroom topping.

And if you’re not a fan of mushrooms they can easily be left out.

Before we check out the recipe, here are some of my random after-the-Holidays inside thoughts.  Do any of them sound familiar to you?

  • Why is it that after the Christmas decorations are packed away high in the rafters, I always find an ornament that I forgot to pack?
  • I can’t listen to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” for at least another 10 months.
  • Why is it that no one ever eats the leftover candy canes?
  • How come just when I think I’ve vacuumed up the last pine needle, I find 10 more in random places?
  • Why don’t the Christmas decorations fit back into the same plastic bins that they came out of?
  • What am I going to do with all of that leftover unmade stuffing mix?
  • I think I can hear ornament hooks being sucked up as I’m vacuuming the carpet.
  • I can’t eat another bite of turkey.
  • Is that can of pumpkin in my pantry from this year or last year?
  • Remind me why I bought all of that marked down Christmas candy?
  • I’m craving Italian food….something with a lot of mushrooms cooked in butter and wine.

Happy New Year!

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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Fresh mushrooms, butter, white wine, salt, pepper, olive oil, onion, green bell pepper, celery, garlic, red wine, tomato sauce, dried oregano leaves, dried basil leaves Worcestershire sauce, and angel hair or spaghetti pasta.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Mushrooms:

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Slice the mushrooms.

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Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the butter.

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Once the butter is melted add the mushrooms…

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…salt…

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…and pepper.

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Stir together.  Continue to stir and cook the mushrooms for about another 4 minutes.

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Add the wine and stir as the wine reduces.

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Once the wine has reduced by about half, transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

For the Marinara Sauce:

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First,

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chop…

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…the…

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…veggies.

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Heat a medium size pot on medium heat and add the olive oil,

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onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic.

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Stir as the veggies cook.

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Continue to cook the veggies for about 8 minutes and then add the wine.

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Stir as the veggies cook for another 5 minutes.

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Add the tomato sauce,

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water,

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oregano,

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basil,

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salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and stir together.

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Continue to stir as the sauce simmers for another 20 to 30 minutes.

For the Pasta:

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While the sauce is simmering, in a medium size pot, bring water to a boil…

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…and add salt.

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Add the pasta and…

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…cook until al dente.  Drain the pasta and transfer it to serving dishes.

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Top with sauce and…

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…then top the sauce with mushrooms.

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Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and serve while hot.

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If you really want to get fancy, add garlic bread as a side dish.

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enjoy.

Mushrooms and Marinara Pasta

Yield: Serves 3

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

For the Mushrooms:
5 cups sliced fresh mushroom (about 15 medium to large mushrooms)
3 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup white wine

For the Marinara Sauce:
3 teaspoons olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
½ cup chopped celery
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup wine (red or white wine)
2 cans tomato sauce (15 ounce cans)
1 empty can of tomato sauce filled with water
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Pasta:
5 dashes salt
3 servings of angel hair or spaghetti pasta
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (as garnish)

Directions:

For the Mushrooms: Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter is melted add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Stir together. Continue to stir and cook the mushrooms for about another 4 minutes. Add the wine and stir as the wine reduces. Once the wine has reduced by about half, transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

For the Marinara Sauce: Heat a medium size pot on medium heat and add the olive oil, onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Stir as the veggies cook. Continue to sauté the veggies for about 8 minutes and then add the wine. Stir and as the veggie mixture cooks for another 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, water, oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Stir together. Continue to stir as the sauce simmers for another 20 to 30 minutes.

For the Pasta: In a medium size pot, bring water to a boil and add salt. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and transfer it to the serving dishes. Top with sauce and then top the sauce with the mushrooms. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and serve while hot.

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