Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Recipe: Spaghetti with Mushroom Bolognese

Spaghetti with Mushroom Bolognese
Food and Wine Magazine, Mar 2016, p.86
4 stars

A bolognese is a sauce made of ground beef, tomato, onion and herbs, typically served with pasta.  So really, this shouldn't be called a bolognese!  Regardless, it was surprisingly delicious (and healthy) and didn't take hours to make.  Most bologneses take 3-5 hours, including prep and simmer time.

The sauce does require 1 hour and 30 min to simmer, so this isn't a quick weekday dinner.  It took me about 30 min to prep everything.

The flavor was so good, I didn't miss the meat at all.  Also, the white miso was an interesting addition; it and the Parmigiano-Reggiano chunk added a nice umami flavor/dimension to the sauce.

Ingredients:  spaghetti, dried porcini mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, small onion, carrots, baby eggplant, garlic, tomato paste, 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, white miso, a chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, thyme, turbinado sugar, parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, Kosher salt, pepper

Tips/What I Did:
  • Used bucatini pasta instead of spaghetti
  • Used a mix of mushrooms
  • Used 4 carrots instead of 2
  • Used 2 thyme sprigs instead of 1
  • Added red pepper flakes
  • Left out the baby eggplant
  • Left out the dried porcini
  • Next time: could add ground meat or sausage

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