Spaghetti with Baby King Oyster Mushrooms and Arugula - Oh and Wine was there

If I ever find myself on Death Row, pasta will likely be my last meal. I love it and could eat it until I burst - but try not to!

This is a relatively quick meal that will make you feel like you are eating at a ristaurante in Italy. You can easily substitute the canned diced tomatoes for fresh, this is just what I happened to have. You could also add chicken or sausage, I kept it meat free just for a change. Parmesean cheese spinkled on top would also go nicely, I opted not to but next time.



I love how the oyster mushrooms soak up the flavours in the sauce and have a nice meaty texture. The arugula is peppery and adds a freshness which pairs nicely with a red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvginon.

And now, we're off to Italy. Andiamo!



Faulty caps on balsamic vinegar will not stop me!


















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Spaghetti with Baby King Oyster Mushrooms and Arugula
Fresh and rich, this is the perfect pasta to take you to Italy, if only through your taste buds.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Onion (large, chopped)
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 6-8 Baby King Oyster Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 can Tomatoes (diced)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 jar Tomato sauce (I used Vodka tomato)
  • 1/2 package Whole wheat spaghetti (you can use regular spaghetti if you wish)
  • to taste and some for the pasta water Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 generous handful Arugula (roughly chopped)
Instructions
- In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil- Add the onion and cook for one minute- Add the garlic and stir together for 1 min- Add the mushrooms and stir to coat with the onion and garlic. Allow to brown in the pan- Add 1 Tbsp on basalmic vinegar- Boil cold water in a large pot. Add a generous pinch of salt - Add the can of diced tomatoes and turn the heat to medium-high to bring to boil. Add the 1/2 jar tomato sauce.Then turn down to a simmer and stir occasionally.- Add the spaghetti to the water. While it is cooking, keep an eye on the sauce and add wine to thin it out if it starts to get thick.- Add salt and pepper to the sauce a little at a time to taste.- When the pasta is cooked al dente (about 6-7 mins), transfer it over to the pasta using a pasta spoon. Do not drain the spaghetti. Adding it to the sauce allows it to soak up the flavour.- Add a couple of spoon-fulls of the pasta water. The starchy water will help combine the spaghetti and the sauce.- Add the chopped arugula and mix to combine. Keep a little for topping- Add the spaghetti to a pasta bowl and sprinkle with remaining arugula.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 as a meal 4 as a side

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