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Mushroom Marinara Pasta

It has been quite a while since I posted new recipes; it has been a hectic year. I got several requests via Instagram for this recipe; I usually only post after making the recipe several times, but this is easy enough to work.


1 lb pasta of choice - cooked al denta and save a cup of the pasta water

2 pints of assorted mushrooms

1 cup of dry red wine, if you would not drink it, do not use it for cooking.

1 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes

1 4.5oz can of Sardines in Olive Oil

1 sweet onion, diced

1 carrot, diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

5 cloves of garlic, minced

A handful of Italian Parsley chopped and the stems removed

A handful of Fresh Basil chopped and the stems removed

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 tablespoon of Bauer Porcini granular

1 teaspoon of paprika

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Red pepper flakes, optional

Freshly grated Romano Cheese


Chop one pint of mushrooms in the food processor into granular and set aside. Slice the second pint and set aside.

In a large, deep skillet, over medium-high heat, add the entire can of Sardines, including the olive oil. Saute for about a minute, breaking up the fish. Next, add the celery, onions, and carrots and saute until soft, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and saute until most of the water has been removed about 2 minutes.

Now, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds, followed by the tomato paste, Porcini granular, and paprika, and saute for an additional minute. Add the can of tomatoes and the red wine, saute for a minute, season to taste, and reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes break down. Add the sliced mushrooms, increase heat to medium, and saute until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and cooked pasta, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the pasta has soaked up the sauce. Add some water to the pasta if the sauce is a bit thick. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with cheese and basil, and serve.

The picture shows meatballs; add them when you add the sliced mushrooms so they cook through.

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