Raise a Fork for National Pasta Day

Boil it, sauce it and serve it up – it’s National Pasta Day! With major flavor, fork twirling and fun, pasta continues to bring to tables around the world, we’d argue that one day is not enough to celebrate all the great pasta-bilities – especially when mushrooms are added to the pan!

The versatility of pasta, much like mushrooms, makes delicious family dinners, lunches and party sides a forkful away. Pair al dente spaghetti noodles with hearty meat and mushroom blend marinara, or top fun rotini with a classic creamy Alfredo and sautéed mushroom sauce. If the pasta urge strikes early, don’t wait until dinner to start your celebration – enjoy a chilled noodle salad with sliced mushrooms, onions and peppers and drizzled with a light vinaigrette for a satisfying lunch you can pack to-go.

Hold your forks high and celebrate National Pasta day with these sure-to-please pasta recipes featuring mushrooms!

Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – This Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to blend meat in mushrooms together in a classic recipe!

Fettuccine Profumate – This creamy, aromatic fettuccine recipe is full of mushroom flavor.

Cheesy Mushroom Sausage Pasta – Enjoy this delicious family pasta dish that takes less than 30 minutes from fridge to table!

Tri-Color Pasta and Portabella Salad – Meaty mushrooms bring satisfying flavor to the pasta salad – a light, quick and easy meal.

Gorgonzola & Port Macaroni Stuffed Portabellas – In this dish, the macaroni and cheese would not taste as good without the mushroom – the perfect untraditional touch to your National Pasta Day celebration.

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna – This recipe is a healthy, hearty meal that can last a few days or can go from freezer to oven to table.

Easy Mushroom Ravioli with Four-Cheese Sauce – A quick filling that bursts with flavor comes together quickly with  won ton skins in place of pasta for homemade ravioli  bound to impress dinner guests.

 

Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

Denise from Chez Us starts the day off with a mushroom kick with these fluffy, savory mushroom breakfast burritos – featuring sautéed spinach, eggs and queso fresco.

During the week, I like to have some quick go to recipes for breakfast tucked away in my recipe box.  Not sure about you, but starting the day off with a nutritious as well as filling breakfast is the only way to get me through a busy morning.  This recipe for Mushroom Breakfast Burritos has become a go-to recipe which we have often been enjoying.

For this recipe, I used the blendability method when making this it.  I have to say I am becoming a huge fan this approach when cooking with mushrooms, as it is a great way to substitute mushrooms for meat.  As well, I imagine it would be the perfect way to get your kids to eat mushrooms without them even knowing (Lenny had no idea, he thought I crumbled up sausage).

I kept the seasoning quick and easy. In addition to the mushrooms, some yellow onion and our favorite taco seasoning, was all that was needed to give this burrito the wow factor. The great thing about the breakfast burrito is that you can take it with you, think of it as breakfast on the go. My only tip, be sure to not over stuff the tortilla with filling before wrapping it up, or it could explode on you as you are dashing out the door.

 

Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 medium cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 3 ounces spinach
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • queso fresco
  • 4 burrito sized tortillas
  • favorite salsa

Directions:

  1. Place the mushrooms into a food processor and finely chop.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion, stir and cook until soft, about 3 minutes
  3. Add the mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes over medium low heat.
  4. Stir in the taco seasoning, then add the spinach.  Cook until lightly wilted, about 1 minute.
  5. Place the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Wipe out the frying pan.
  7. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in the frying pan that you used for cooking the mushrooms.
  9. Add the eggs, and cook until soft set.
  10. Heat the tortillas.
  11. Place a tortilla on a plate, add some of the mushroom mixture, the eggs and a sprinkle of queso fresco.
  12. Wrap up burrito style.
  13. If you are serving at home, just cut and plate, serving some salsa on the side.  If you will be    taking it with you, cut the burrito in half, wrap in some parchment paper, and eat on the go.

Spice Up National Chili Month with Mushrooms

With a full-flavored blend of spices, a hearty bowl of  chili is hard to beat on crisp fall days. As nights get cooler and the search for a warm bowl of comfort begins, look to mushrooms to give your chili the boost of flavor you didn’t know was missing. Blending in mushrooms with ground meat in traditional chili recipes not only lowers calories, but also adds extra savory umami to accent the existing flavors in your favorite chili recipe. In honor of National Chili Month, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes – perfect for cozying up to this fall:

  • Mexican Mushroom Chili with Beans and Barley – Paired with a fresh baguette and served piping hot, this hearty chili is a perfect dinner to cozy up to on a brisk night.
  • Chili Con Crimini – A perfect pairing for fall football, this Chili Con Crimini packs a mushroom-loving punch!
  •  Mushroom Chipotle Chili – a blended mushroom and meat base give this recipe heart without weighing it down. The spicy blend of poblano chilies and jalapenos make this recipe a go to if you’re looking for some heat.
  • Mushroom Chili – a classic take on a traditional chili recipe, this meaty, mushroom-filled recipe is best paired with crisp tortilla chips.

Still searching for inspiration? Chef Bill Briwa from the Culinary Institute of America and Bart Minor, President of the Mushroom Council give a classic chili recipe a makeover using a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms and meat as the base. More nutritious comfort food has never looked so good!

Sautéed Mushroom Asparagus Puffs

Paula from Bell’ Alimento shares a quick and delicious appetizer recipe that is sure to wow party guess at your next gathering.

These sautéed mushroom and asparagus puffs might just be your new favorite appetizer. They work for the simplest or the swankiest meal you could be serving. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if you’re serving a large party. It only takes one pan to pull these together and they come together in 30 minutes. How’s that for a multi-purpose appetizer.

You can use any variety of fresh mushrooms that you might have on hand. If you want to up the flavor sensation use a mixture of fresh mushrooms. It’s your party.

 

Sautéed Mushroom Asparagus Puffs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 sheet puff pastry – thawed
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1 shallot – minced
• 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – sliced
• 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
• kosher salt/black pepper
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• 1/2 bunch fresh asparagus – trimmed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Using a pizza cutter (or the like) cut puff pastry into 6 equal portions. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone        mat. Set aside.
3. Into a sauté pan heat butter and shallot oven medium heat. Add mushrooms, thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Using a slotted spoon, equally divide mushrooms between puff pastry portions.
5. To sauté pan add wine and asparagus. Cook until asparagus is tender. Equally divide asparagus been puff pastry portions.
6. Bake for approximately 20 minute OR until puff pastry is golden and cooked through.

Fill Your National Taco Day with Mushrooms

Simmer the meat, grab the spices and prepare your taste buds for a zesty assortment of flavors – tomorrow is National Taco Day! A celebration of deliciousness is in order as we pay homage to a classic Mexican staple that has for many years added spice to kitchens all over the world.

From the vibrant colors and flavors added by fresh ingredients to the piping hot meat (and mushrooms!) that stuff the shells, tacos have always made it easy to add extra personality, fun and deliciousness to dinner time! The variety of ways to enjoy this beloved handheld dish are endless – and so are the ways in which you can add mushrooms to the mix. Blend minced mushrooms with your choice of ground meat and seasonings for a taco stuffing that explodes with flavor. Or slice them thin and sauté them to have as a meaty taco topping.

Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner – there is a mushroom, taco combo that will excite your taste buds and help extend your Taco Day celebration. We’ve collected some of our favorite mushroom taco recipes to help you enjoy the staple dish all day long.

Sausage and Mushroom Brinner Tacos – Blend sautéed mushrooms and sausage for a “Brinner” taco perfect for a late-night craving – or throw in an egg for a tasty breakfast.

Taco Salad – The mixture of flavors and textures in this delicious contradiction meal will make each bite just a little different than the last.

Taco Stuffed Baked Potato – Enjoy a big Do-It-Yourself baked potato taco toppings bar, including a mushroom based meatless taco filling!

Mediterranean Crimini Mushroom Tacos with Tahini Sauce – The tahini sauce is a perfect complement to lend creamy deliciousness to these satisfying, umami rich mushroom tacos.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos – Take on the mouthwatering combination of flavors in this Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos recipe.