with Wild Mushroom Bolognese
It’s hard not to gobble up this mouthwatering dish with its rich, three-mushroom sauce. Mushrooms are rich in the naturally occurring compounds that make up umami. Umami is thought of as the mystery sixth taste and is usually described simply as deliciousness. With the addition of Parmesan cheese (also rich in umami), the pasta ribbons and sauce become even more irresistible.
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Stalks Celery
- 1 Onion
- 1 Bunch Parsley
- 1 Bunch Thyme
- 10 Ounces Fresh Fettucelle Pasta
- 3 Ounces Shiitake Mushrooms
- 4 Ounces Cremini Mushrooms
- 3 Ounces Oyster Mushrooms
- 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Demi-Glace
- ⅓ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Prepare your ingredients:
Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and slice the garlic. Peel and small dice the carrots. Small dice the celery. Peel and small dice the onion. Finely chop the parsley leaves. Remove and discard the shiitake mushroom stems, then thinly slice the caps. Very finely chop the cremini and oyster mushrooms.
Start the sauce:
In a medium pot, heat some olive oil on high until hot. Add the garlic, carrots, celery, and onion. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions are softened, stirring occasionally. Add the thyme sprigs and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Finish the sauce:
Add all the mushrooms and cook 5 to 8 minutes, or until browned and any liquid has evaporated. Add the vegetable demi-glace and 1 cup of water. Stir until the demi-glace is incorporated. Simmer the sauce 3 to 5 minutes, or until thickened and saucy.
Boil the pasta:
While the sauce simmers, add the fettucelle to the pot of boiling water. (You may need to gently peel apart the pasta if it gets stuck together.) Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender but not too soft. Drain the pasta, reserving about ½ cup of the cooking water, and return the pasta to its pot.
Finish the pasta:
Immediately transfer the sauce to the pot with the pasta. Heat the pot on medium-low. Toss the pasta to coat it in the sauce. Add the reserved cooking water, half the Parmesan cheese, and half the parsley. Cook it all together about 1 minute, stirring until the pasta absorbs the excess liquid.
Plate your dish:
Divide the pasta between 2 plates. Garnish with the remaining Parmesan cheese and parsley. Enjoy!