No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Easy Rustic Italian Mushroom Pasta

  • 2 Bunches Lacinato Kale, Shredded Finely
  • ½  Cup Tofu
  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Grated
  • 3 TB Lemon Juice
  • 1 TB Rice Vinegar
  • 2 TB Dijon
  • 1 TB Capers
  • ¼ Tsp Each Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • *Sweet Potato Croutons

Place the Kale in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Toss the kale with the dressing, starting with half and adding as desired. Sprinkle with *croutons.

Step One

Cook the onion in 2 TB olive oil with the salt, pepper and 2 TB Italian seasoning in a large stockpot over medium heat until the onion is golden. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute more. Add the tomatoes and wine to the pot. Simmer for about an  hour  or until thickened slightly. 

Step Two

While the tomato sauce is cooking, sauté the mushrooms in the remaining 2 TB of olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and the remaining Italian seasoning. . When the mushrooms have released all their liquid and are browned on the edges, they are done.

Step Three

Stir the mushrooms into the tomato sauce and top the pasta with the sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and cheese and serve.

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

*Crimini mushrooms are originally from Italy, and are closely related to the common white mushroom. If you are in looking for Baby Bella mushrooms in any other country…they would be called crimini. American marketing professionals noticed that crimini mushrooms were not selling – but portabellas were extremely popular. The result? Crimini were renamed “Baby Bella” and Americans clamored for them!

No. 3 : Get Creative

Italian Seasoning is a must-have herb blend to keep in your pantry. It’s typically a blend of dried oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary and marjoram. Invaluable in your kitchen…you can use this mix to add flavor to any Mediterranean  style dish, whether it’s Italian, French, Spanish or Greek!

No. 4 : Wine FIND of the Week

G.D. Vajra Langhe Clare J.C. Nebbiolo
Langhe, Italy
About $20.00

You may be familiar with the Italian wine, Barolo. This wine is made from the same grape – Nebbiolo – but is an easy drinking red perfect for a red wine sauced pasta like this one because it is made in a lighter and fresher style than a Barolo. It’s fun to know that the  winemaking method used for this wine follows the 1606 writings of G.B. Croce, jeweler of the House of Savoie! You’ll enjoy the aromas of dark cherries and a dry and flavorful flavor when you enjoy it.

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