Mushroom Ragoût with cheese ravioli

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 2 ½ to 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed (we used Colavita’s extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 12 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced about ¼-inch thick
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (we actually used 2 pinches)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (we used Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • ¼ cup lower-salt vegetable broth (we used Swanson’s organic vegetable broth)
  • 10 oz. fresh or frozen cheese ravioli or other cheese-stuffed pasta (we used fresh cheese ravioli)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano (we used Parmigiano-Reggiano)

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water, salt well (we used table salt). Bring water to a boil.
  2. Pour 1 ½ tablespoons (we used 2 tablespoons) of the oil into a large skillet, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, add in the mushrooms, ¼ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper, stirring just to combine. Spread the mushrooms out as evenly as you can and let them cook (without stirring them) for 3 minutes or until they look well browned on one side. Stir continuously for another 3 minutes or until browned all over and any liquid has evaporated (if the mushrooms look dry and the skillet begins to scorch, drizzle a little bit of oil into the skillet). Take the mushrooms out of the skillet and place them on a plate for the time being.
  3. Pour another tablespoon of oil into the skillet, setting the heat to medium. Toss the onion in and stir constantly for two minutes or until the onion looks translucent. Throw the garlic in and continue stirring for 30 seconds or until you can smell the garlic. Add in the tomato paste, stirring it around for a minute. Add the mushrooms and any accumulated juice back into the skillet. Now add in the flour, thyme and pepper flakes, stirring frequently for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the wine in and stir until it looks like it’s thickened, pouring the broth in afterwards and letting the mixture simmer until it’s reduced into a light sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta in that boiling water according to the directions on the package that they came in until they have an al dente texture. Drain and transfer the pasta into the skillet with the mushroom sauce, stirring to coat over low heat (we turned the heat off, knowing we’d have residual heat left). Serve individual portions, topping with cheese and parsley afterwards.

Serves 3 to 4 (maybe it’s because we had to use a 9 oz. pkg. that only had 10 ravioli but this only made 2 portions for us).

As soon as we took our first bite of this, we knew there wasn’t going to be any leftovers ! The heat was nice at first but near the end it did start to be the predominate flavor so we’ll try a single pinch of pepper flakes next time. The sauce was delicious but felt a little sparse after tossing the ravioli in it so next time we make this (and there will definitely be a next time), we’re going to double the sauce. The sauce and ravioli taste great together but adding that Parmigiano-Reggiano took it to the next level of yumminess !

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We weren’t paid in any form to promote Colavita or Swanson.

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Drunken Mushroom Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1-1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock (we used vegetable stock)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (we used unsalted butter)
  • 1 ½ lb. mixed fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, hen-of-the-woods and stemmed shiitake, wiped clean, then sliced (we used stemmed shiitake)
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped or grated (we chopped our garlic cloves)
  • 8-10 sage leaves, thinly sliced (we used 10 leaves)
  • About 2 Tbsp. thyme, leaves stripped from stems and chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested (about 1 ½ tsp.) and juiced (about ¼ cup) (we used 2 lemons so we could get ¼ cup of lemon juice)
  • Salt and pepper (we used kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1 lb. spaghetti (we used Ronzoni whole grain spaghetti)
  • 1 bottle white wine, such as Pinot Grigio (we used Beringer Main & Vine Pinot Grigio)
  • About 1 cup of freshly grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for sprinkling onto your individual portions
  • EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil), for drizzling
  • 3-4 Tbsp. chives, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Take a small saucepan out and place the dried porcini mushrooms in it, adding just enough stock to cover* the mushrooms. Set the heat to high and wait for a low boil to occur. Once it is at a low boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer for 2 to 5 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened. Take porcini mushrooms out using a slotted spoon, transferring them to a cutting board afterwards. Chop them up and leave them off to the side for now. Strain the stock so that any grit is removed, reserving the strained liquid for later.
  2. Take a large pot of water and bring it up to a boil to cook the pasta in later.
  3. Take a large skillet out and pour the two tablespoons of olive oil in, tilting the pan twice so the bottom is completely coated, setting the heat to medium-high afterwards. Once the oil’s hot, add the butter in, letting it completely melt. Add half of the mushrooms in, cooking them for 3 to 5 minutes or until they’re brown and fragrant. Take the mushrooms out of the skillet and repeat the process with the other half of the mushrooms**. Return all the cooked mushrooms to the skillet, adding in the shallots, garlic, herbs and lemon zest as well. Season with salt and pepper and pepper and stir constantly for 2 minutes or until the shallots have softened.
  4. Salt the boiling water (we used table salt), adding in the pasta afterwards. Cook the pasta a few minutes shy of al dente, about 5 minutes (we went with the 5 minutes).
  5. Add the chopped porcini and strained stock into the skillet, pouring the wine in next, waiting for the sauce to come to a boil afterwards. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the sauce simmer for 3 minutes or until it’s reduced slightly.
  6. Drain the pasta and add it into the sauce, turning the heat down to medium-low afterwards. Toss the sauce for about 3 minutes or until the pasta is al dente and has absorbed some of the sauce. Take the skillet off of the heat and stir in the lemon juice and cup of cheese. Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil over the pasta to marry the sauce with the pasta. Top with chives and enjoy !

*Our mushrooms started to float so we were never able to truly “cover” the mushrooms with the stock. We decided to pour in the whole 1 ½ cups.

**The first half of the mushrooms absorbed all the butter and oil so we decided to add another 2 tablespoons of oil and butter to the skillet before cooking the second half of the mushrooms.

Serves 4.

With a name like “Drunken Mushroom Spaghetti”, we had to try this out and see what the dish was like ! Unfortunately you’re not going to get drunk off the finished sauce but this was still a delicious, bright dish. You definitely taste the acidity from the wine and lemon juice and it pairs wonderfully with the salty Pecorino Romano. The chives can add a nice pop of color but we didn’t think that it added any real flavor, whereas some extra cheese only made it even better tasting !

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We weren’t paid in any form to promote Ronzoni or Beringer Main & Vine.

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Wild Mushroom Frittata

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. butter (we used unsalted butter)
  • 2 cups sliced mixed wild mushrooms (we used shiitake mushrooms)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 12 eggs, beaten (we used large eggs)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add the butter to a medium ovenproof skillet*, setting the heat to medium. Once the butter’s melted, add in the mushrooms, shallot and tablespoon of thyme. Stir the mushroom mixture around now and then for 8 minutes or until the mushrooms brown. Add the eggs and ¼ cup of Parmesan to the skillet, seasoning afterwards (we decided to add a teaspoon each of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper). Place the skillet in the oven for 15 minutes or until the eggs have just set (took us 10 minutes). Pull the skillet out of the oven and top with additional Parmesan and thyme if you want (we did).

Seves 4 to 6

*We weren’t sure what they meant by “medium” so we used our 12-inch cast-iron skillet.

This was the first time we made a frittata and it was delicious ! You get a little bit of that “meaty” texture from the shiitake mushrooms and while you can taste the Parmesan and oregano, it’s not a “punch you in the face” flavor, it’s more subtle. Hope you’ll like this as much as we did !

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Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (we used salted butter)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup white wine or chicken broth (we used chicken broth)
  • 12 oz. chopped fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (we used baby spinach)
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt, divided
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 ½ cups (12 oz.) sour cream
  • ½ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 in.), warmed (we only ended up using 8*)
  • 1 ½ cups (6 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (we used pepper jack cheese)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a large skillet out and add the butter to it. Once the butter’s melted, add in the mushrooms and onion, stirring them around occasionally until tender. Toss in the garlic, cooking for an additional minute. Take half of the mushroom mixture out and leave off to the side for the sauce.
  2. Pour the broth into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in the spinach and ¼ tsp. seasoned salt, continuing to stir just long enough for the spinach to wilt and the liquid to evaporate (we add in some kosher salt to bring out the flavors more).
  3. Take a large saucepan out and add to it the water, lime juice, chicken bouillon, garlic powder and the remaining seasoned salt, stirring to dissolve the bouillon. Turn the heat up high enough for boiling to occur. Once boiling, stir in the sour cream, cilantro and the mushroom mixture you had put off to the side (we actually turned our heat down because we were afraid of the sour cream breaking). Stir until the sauce is heated through.
  4. Get a 13- x 9-inch baking dish out and grease the inside (we used nonstick cooking spray). Take 3 tablespoons of the spinach mixture and place it down the middle of the tortilla. Roll it up and place it seam side down in the greased baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas until the filling is all used up. Pour the sauce over the filled tortillas, sprinkling the cheese on afterwards. Stick it in the oven for 14-18 minutes or until it’s heated through. Add pepper flakes on if you’d like.

*We don’t know if we packed our 3 tablespoons of filling more than they did but for some reason we only had enough filling for 8 tortillas.

As you can see from the first picture, this is a very cheesy dish. It was hard to get a good picture because this was oozing with all the cheese and the creamy sauce. While it may not be the prettiest looking, this is so delicious ! The sauce has a tanginess to it and two enchiladas were enough to have us feeling full. The enchiladas are great on their own but adding the crushed red pepper flakes brings a heat to the dish and makes it that much more scrumptious !

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Satay Lettuce Wraps

 Ingredients

  • ½ cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil (we used peanut oil)
  • 1 ¼ pound thinly sliced pork or chicken cutlets, or 1 ½ pounds ground pork or chicken (we used ground chicken*)
  • Pepper
  • ¼ pound oyster, baby white, or shiitake mushrooms, chopped or thinly sliced (we went with shiitake mushrooms and thinly sliced them before chopping them up)
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped or thinly sliced (we sliced ours)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • one (1 ½-inch) piece ginger, cut into thin matchsticks or finely chopped (we chopped up our ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice or chicken stock (we used chicken stock)
  • ¼ cup tamari sauce
  • A few dashes hot pepper sauce (we used sriracha)
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, core removed and head quartered

Directions

  1. Using a food processor just your knife and arm strength, cut up the peanuts until they look finely chopped.
  2. Take a large-sized skillet out and pour your choice of oil in. The original recipe talks about tilting the pan twice or so at this point but really we think that was their way of trying to tell the reader to make sure the oil coats the inside of the skillet. Once you’ve swirled the oil around, turn up the heat to high and wait for the oil to get hot. Once the oil’s hot, throw your pork or chicken in and cook it for 5 minutes, or however long it takes for the meat to look browned, seasoning the meat with the pepper while it cooks. Next thing to do is toss in the mushrooms, scallions, garlic, and ginger, tossing or stirring all the ingredients around constantly for 2 minutes. After those two minutes pass, move everything in the skillet off to the side or edges so that you can plop the peanut butter down in the center, allowing it to melt. Using a whisk preferably or a fork if you don’t have a whisk, stir in the stock or apple juice, tamari, and your choice of hot sauce to the peanut butter, adding the peanuts to the skillet afterwards. Stir everything in the skillet together at this point, combining the sauce with the skillet mixture.
  3. Take the mixture out of the skillet and place it either in a group serving bowl or into individual bowls so everybody knows they’re getting equal portions. Serve the lettuce cups/wedges alongside the mixture and when you’re ready to eat, simply spoon however much of the mixture you’d like into each lettuce wedge and enjoy !

Serves 4

*We didn’t realize until we got home that the brand of ground chicken we bought adds up to 1% vinegar and rosemary extract. Hopefully it didn’t affect the end results flavor.

This was a tasty dish that was fun to eat. It had a little saltiness from the tamari and chicken stock, a savory taste from the chopped peanuts as well as the peanut butter, and a faint heat at the end of the bite from the hot sauce. Great thing about this serving style was that everyone else can enjoy a mild heat while you can spread some more hot sauce onto your own portion before chowing down to up the heat level for yourself. The crunch from the lettuce and chopped peanuts was a nice contrast to the rest of the textures in the meal. It was also a pleasant surprise that you really do feel full after eating this dish, no side dishes necessary.

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Ranch Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds whole button mushrooms
  • 2 (1-ounce each) envelopes ranch salad dressing mix
  • ½ cup garlic-flavored olive oil (we couldn’t find any garlic-flavored olive oil so we just used ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil with 1 teaspoon minced garlic)

Directions

  1. Place the mushrooms in the slow cooker followed by the garlic oil and the dressing mix (we chose to mix the dressing mix and oil together before adding it to the slow cooker), stirring well*. Put a lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours or on HIGH for 1 ½ to 2 hours (we went with the Low option).

*Our slow cooker was so full that we didn’t have room to stir the mushrooms around so we just poured the oil mixture over the top before the mushrooms started to cook. Once the mushrooms were done cooking, we stirred the mushrooms around to ensure they were all coated in the oil-dressing mixture.

These are some scrumptious mushrooms. It’s super easy to make and because it tastes so good, there’s never any leftovers when this gets made ! You get a wonderful tanginess from the ranch salad dressing mix and the garlic olive oil lends a wonderful flavor as well. The oil mixture is so tasty you just want to drink it !

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Creamy Sausage-Mushroom Rigatoni

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) rigatoni (we used rotelli pasta)
  • 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage (we used Hot Italian sausage)
  • 2 tsp. butter (we used salted butter)
  • 1 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms (we used baby bella mushrooms)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt (we used kosher salt)
  • ¼ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional (we didn’t use it)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta based off the directions that are on the package they came in.
  2. While the pasta’s cooking, take a large skillet out and add the sausage to it, setting the heat to medium. Let the sausage cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until fully cooked, breaking it up into bite-size pieces during that time. Drain off any grease that’s in the skillet and put the sausage on a plate for the time being.
  3. Using the skillet you cooked the sausage in, add the butter to it, leaving the heat at medium. Once the butter’s melted, add in the mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper. Put a lid on the skillet and let it all cook for 4 minutes, stirring once in a while. Take the lid off the skillet and stirring continuously, let it cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or however long it takes for the water to evaporate and the mushrooms to get tender.
  4. Stir the heavy whipping cream into the skillet and wait for boiling to occur. Once boiling, turn the heat down and let it cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the sauce looks like it’s thickened up a little (10 minutes did it for us). Add the sausage back into the skillet, stirring to combine and let it cook just long enough for the sausage to get heated through. Drain the pasta and serve the sauce over it, topping it with the parsley (if you’re using it).

This recipe came from Taste of Home.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Taste of Home.