Put the dried porcini mushrooms in a bowl and add 2 ¼ cups hot water. Place a small plate on top to keep mushrooms from floating and set aside 30 minutes. Drain, saving...

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4 servings

– 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
– 2-¼ cups hot water

– 5 tablespoons tomato paste

– 8 ounces cremini mushrooms

– 1 cup coarsely diced red onion

– 2 medium cloves garlic, chopped

– ½ cup chopped parsley, divided

– 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

– ½ cup Chianti or other dry red wine

– ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt

– ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Pasta:

– 5 quarts water

– 2 teaspoons salt

– ¾ pound dried fettuccini

-½ cup pasta cooking water

-Optional: 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

– ½ cup coarsely shredded Parmesan cheese

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1. Put the dried porcini mushrooms in a bowl and add 2 ¼ cups hot water. Place a small plate on top to keep mushrooms from floating and set aside 30 minutes. Drain, saving 2 cups liquid. Rinse mushrooms briefly and press in paper towels to remove excess water. Strain the mushroom liquid through a paper-towel-lined sieve. Put tomato paste in a bowl and whisk in a little mushroom liquid until smooth. Then add remaining liquid, mixing well. Set aside.

2. Trim stems from cremini mushrooms and wipe caps with a damp paper towel. Slice thinly and set aside. Put reconstituted porcini mushrooms, red onion and garlic on a cutting surface and chop together coarsely. Add half of parsley.

3. Heat olive oil in a 3-½-quart pan set on medium heat. Add fresh mushrooms and chopped vegetable mixture; sauté, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. (Reduce heat slightly as vegetables begin to dry out.) Add wine and simmer 5 minutes. Then pour mushroom-tomato liquid into the pan and season with some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer; cook 30 minutes. Stir sauce occasionally. Uncover and continue at a simmer 20 minutes. Stir in remaining parsley.

4. Place a large pasta bowl in a warm oven. Bring 5 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a 10-quart pot. Add pasta and bring back to a full, rolling boil. Stir well. Cook according to package directions, using the shortest cooking time. Taste and continue cooking until pasta is tender but still has a subtle bite. Remove ½ cup pasta cooking water, then drain.

5. Transfer pasta to warm bowl and toss with butter if using. Pour sauce over pasta and toss gently. Add cooking water as needed. Toss with cheese and serve.


Data per serving

Calories 511

Protein 19.59g

Fat 14.22g

Carbohydrates 77.39g

Sodium 817mg

Saturated fat 3.68g

Monounsaturated fat 7.15g

Polyunsaturated fat 1.85g

Cholesterol 88.64mg


From “Bugialli on Pasta” by Giuliano Bugialli.