Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pasta Alla Boscaiola

Pasta Alla Boscaiola
A recipe from a package of dried Porcini

Prep time: 30 minutes (to soak the mushrooms and do all the chopping)
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves 4 (actually we were piggies – no salad, or appetizers so the two of us ate it all up)

8oz/226g dried pasta (we had wide egg noodles on hand, but any will kind of long pasta will do)
½ cup dried porcini mushrooms
1 large tomato, diced (about 1 lb/450 g)
½ cup butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped (or ½ tsp dried)
Grated parmesan cheese

1. Soak the porcini in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain and chop the mushrooms and reserve the liquid.

2. In a medium skillet, sauté the garlic, onion, rosemary & parsley in the butter and oil for 4 minutes or until the onions start to soften and the aroma has you swooning. Add the tomatoes and porcini and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or so. Add some of the mushroom soaking liquid as the pan dries out. It adds an awesome flavor.

3. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (8-10 minutes depending on the type of pasta). Drain and place in a serving bowl. Add the sauce and toss. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

Serve with a simple green salad.

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Valli said...

Another fabulous recipe Ruth!!! I went to our local Italian grocers tonight after work to try and find some orecchiette for next weeks round up..and the things I saw!!!!!!Pastas I have never heard of, everything fresh and wonderful at Vallerosa's!!!!Cheeses, name it!!!No "little ears" big enough so Iended up with Gomiti which will work just as well.

Hippolyra said...

It looks lovely.

The simply recipes concentrating on just one flavour are the best.

katiez said...

I love the flavor of dried porcinis! I do that with recipes, too...they hang arounnd forever before trying them and then i could kick myself for not doing it sooner....
And I think it looks just lovely - and delicious!

Ruth Daniels said...

Thanks all, I do love the flavors of hearty mushrooms and nothing is heartier than porcini.

Thanks for dropping by.