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Pasta with Wild Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Posted on 7th of September, 2011 by Lévana

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Guys, here’s what I do, and this is really all it takes. On second thought, let me start by telling you what NOT to do: Buy the insanely expensive deceptively and dishonestly called truffle oil, with not a solitary drop of truffle in it. Now, here’s what I do: I buy equally luxurious porcini powder online, just to make sure I get the best price, a whole pound of it. It doesn’t really need a kosher certification, but it often just happens to have one. It will at first seem expensive, until you realize a little goes a long way,  a terrific investment.  Just a few drops of the infused oil will make your omelets, mashed potatoes, mushroom-based soups, risotto etc… heavenly! Addictive!

You can also make your own porcini oil: nothing to it! Heat up a quart of extra-virgin olive oil gently in a sauce pan, with 1/2 cup porcini powder, until it just barely reaches boiling, then promptly turn off the flame. Your house will fill with a smell that might send you swooning. Pour the mixture into a glass jar. The powder will settle in the bottom, that’s OK.  Store the oil at room temperature.

For one pound pasta. I love soba noodles, and spelt noodles, but of course you can use your favorite pasta, including gluten-free.  Cook the noodles according to manufacturer’s instructions, with a few added drops oil (any oil, no need to use an expensive one) and a little salt. Make absolutely sure not to overcook, or you will get a sticky mess. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, and rinse the noodles under cold water.

Heat up 1/2 cup porcini oil in a large skillet No porcini oil? That’s OK, use very good extra virgin olive oil). Saute 1 1/2 pounds sliced wild mushroom mixture, (whatever you can afford is OK, no need to set yourself back), until all wild mushroom liquids evaporate.

Toss the mushrooms, oil and all, with the pasta, the reserved cooking liquid, salt and freshly ground pepper too taste, and sprinkle with lots of minced flat parsley or sliced chives. That’s the whole story: It’s fantastic cold or hot!

If you get lucky and find (at price clubs for example) a good dry wild mushroom mixture at an affordable price, you are in for an even greater treat. Soak them a few hours in hot water. Strain the mushrooms with a very fine mesh strainer, saving the soaking water, reduce this soaking water until it is very concentrated (about 1 cup). Wash the mushrooms in cold water to rid them of any leftover grit, and chop them roughly in the food processor. Now proceed just as above, but simmer them in olive oil longer than if you were using fresh mushrooms, to rid them of their chewiness, until tender. At serving time, toss the pasta with the mushrooms and the reduced soaking liquid.

 

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2 Questions

  1. James Howard, on Said:

    Hi Levana,
    I tried to order the porcini powder from amazon, however, they do not ship to Australia. Do you know of anyone who will ship kosher porcini powder to Australia?
    I have read that it is difficult to get the kosher stuff due to insect infestation.
    Regards James
    P.S. are you Yarkov Kirshenbaums Mum? He read the Torah at my BaetKnesset for 2 years here in brisy.

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      Hi Yakov’s mom. Small world!
      Ha, you got me on that one! How to ship to Australia! But here are some alternatives:
      1. Ask your rabbi if he knows of a brand of mushroom powder that might not need a hechsher, mushroom powder being 100%pure.
      2. Make your own. Buy dried wildushrooms and grind them to a powder in a food processo, then store the powder in a glass jar. If you do, make absolutely sure everything (your hands, your jar, your processor) is bone-dry. Enjoy: it’s fantastic!