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Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs

Paula of Bell’Alimento brings umami-rich flavor to a dinner table classic with this signature spaghetti and mushroom blend meatball dish.

Spaghetti and meatballs make just about everyone happy (at least in our house). It’s a meal that’s simple and satisfying and ours comes together in just 20 minutes! We’ve added a little something special to our meatball recipe by blending in one of our favorite ingredients – mushrooms! Instead of having mushrooms in the tomato sauce, now they’re blended right into the meatball itself!

Our meatballs are baked not fried or cooked in the sauce itself. The recipe makes approx. 40 meatballs. While that may seem like a lot, they’re the perfect size. Not too big and not too small. It also means if you’re able to contain yourself and save some to make the perfect next day lunch – meatball subs!

 

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs 

Yield: 40 meatballs

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – pulsed finely
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 recipe tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Into a large bowl add: sausage, mushrooms, egg, panko, milk and oregano. Mix to combine. Mixture will seem wet.
  3. Using a small/medium size cookie scoop, portion out meat mixture onto a non-stick rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Add meatballs to cooked tomato sauce.
  6. Serve over spaghetti (cooked according to package directions until al dente).

 

5 Ways Mushrooms Ruled During National Mushroom Month

As September comes to a close, so does National Mushroom Month. This month brought lots of opportunities for mushrooms to take center stage and shine. From festivals to cooking challenges, Council Representative Bart Minor, tells us all the ways that mushrooms ruled this month!

1. Mushrooms have their own two day festival. Deep in the heart of mushroom country (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) over 100,000 people gathered to take in everything-mushroom at The 29th Annual Mushroom Festival. The festival certainly didn’t disappoint when it came to food. Portabellos served 15,000 Portabella Cheese Steaks over the two day period, while Buona Foods served thousands of pounds of fried mushrooms. Speaking of fried mushrooms, the winner of this year’s mushroom eating contest scarfed down an astonishing 11lbs of mushrooms in only 8 minutes!

2. Mushroom blendability makes meals better. It’s never been easier to use mushrooms to transform meals. Simply chop mushrooms to match the texture of ground meat – beef, pork, chicken, turkey – and blend them into recipes such as burgers, tacos, meatloaf, lasagna, pasta sauce, or meatballs to make every day dishes more healthful and delicious. The kids will clean their plate every night!

3. Mushrooms get dads cooking! Nothing gets dads in front of the stove (or BBQ) like mushrooms. Earlier this month Life of Dad bloggers took our #ShroomTember recipe challenge. From game day favorites like Mushroom, Onion and Swiss Burgers to hearty classics like Turkey Pumpkin Mushroom Casseroles, the Life of Dad community came up with some prenominal recipe ideas.

4. Mushrooms add a boost of nutrients. They may be white and brown but they are packed full of goodness. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium (8%), riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more. Nutrition that tastes great!

5. Mushrooms make burgers better. Tomorrow mushroom blendability will take center stage during the Boston Globe’s “Let’s Talk About Food” event in Copley Square. Seven Boston chefs will compete in the “Earth and Turf: The Better Burger Challenge” in an effort to make a delicious tasting burger by blending meat with finely chopped mushrooms. All participating chefs will then menu their “better burger” creations at their restaurants during October, so if you’re in the Boston area you’ll have the chance to try them all!

What an exciting month filled with mushroom celebrations of all sizes. Looking forward to seeing what 2015’s National Mushroom Month brings!

 

A Mushroom Ode to Autumn: 7 Recipes to Celebrate the New Season

The season for pulling out cozy sweaters and pumpkin picking is here – It’s the first official week of autumn! Aside from the traditional visit to your favorite orchard, this season welcomes an abundance of warm, comforting recipes to enjoy amid the cool air and crackling leaves – or in front of the fireplace!

With vibrant umami flavors and hearty texture, mushrooms are an easy ingredient to help add seasonal flare to your autumn spread. Make fall family favorites more nutritious by blending minced mushrooms with ground meat or enjoy hearty vegetarian mushroom chilis and soups without missing the meaty flavor. We’ve gathered seven of our favorite fall mushroom recipes to help you celebrate the first full week of this cozy and colorful season! Which will you try first?

Wednesday: Arborio & Mushroom Fall Side Dish – Kick off the season with an autumnal mushroom dish with just a hint of sweetness from tart apples that can be served chilled or warm.

Thursday: Healthy Mushroom Ground Beef Stroganoff – Add a hearty yet healthy twist to an old fashioned favorite by bulking it up with lots of vegetables including mushrooms, bell peppers, and eggplant.

Friday: Mushroom, Bean and Roasted Pepper Chili – This hearty chili is a pleasant surprise. Featuring finely chopped white button mushrooms and loads of rich flavor.

SaturdayMushroom and Sausage Polenta Bruschetta –– Wow your weekend guests with this tasty appetizer – white button mushrooms, Italian sausage, pine nuts and fresh rosemary with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan.

Sunday: Chicken Marsala Crepes – A snap to prepare, these crepes will be the star of the show with a rich wine sauce, tender mushrooms and perfectly sautéed chicken breasts – perfect for a Sunday brunch or autumn family dinner.

Monday: Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to add mushrooms to a classic fall recipe.

Tuesday: Enoki Miso Noodle Soup – Prepare this simply delicious, light and delicate soup to enjoy in the middle of the week and beyond.

 

Lighten Up American Classics with Blendability

As a crisp chill makes its way into the air, weekends are now abuzz with the seasonal overlap of sports such as Baseball and Football. Whether you’re cheering on your alma mater, or making the most of baseball playoff games, meaty All-American foods pair perfectly with your game-day spread. And it’s no secret that mushrooms and meat go hand in hand!

Showcasing the best way to include mushrooms in meals, Culinary Institute of America chef, Bill Briwa, and Mushroom Council president, Bart Minor take a closer look at using blendability to boost the flavor of timeless American classics:

Beyond extending portion sizes and ramping up the nutrition in your favorite recipes, blending ground meat with mushrooms’ meaty, umami-rich flavor takes any meal to the next level! From a comfortable bowl of chili to a saucy sloppy joe, with a season of sports in full-force, we’re thrilled to share our favorite healthy takes on foods as American as apple pie:

  • Mushroom Chipotle Chili – seasoned to perfection, this blended chili’s lighter flavor makes it a perfect base for all the fixin’s.
  • Inside Out Mushroom Burger – filled with mushrooms from the inside out, this blended patty packs a powerful punch!
  • Sloppy Joes – combine ground beef and mushrooms to get a lighter take on this childhood favorite
  • Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy – double the mushrooms for double the taste! With meaty mushrooms topping and blended throughout, this meatloaf is sure to shine

Do you have a blended recipe that makes your whole family cheer? Submit your favorite blended recipe to our #ShroomTember contest hosted with Life of Dad for a chance to win $500! And don’t forget to join our #ShroomTember Twitter Party on September 23 for a chance to snag even more great prizes.

 

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Denise of Chez Us welcomes fall comfort favorites to the menu with this mushroom, chicken alfredo twist on classic lasagna.

While it is school season for most folks, it is conference season for us, which means lots of traveling and an extra work load besides Chez Us.  When it comes to times such as this, it feels like school season around here, and a healthy and hearty meal that can last us a few days is ideal.  Or one that can go from freezer to oven to table is a welcomed pleasure after a few days on the road.  This recipe for Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna is exactly that, hearty and comfortable food for the table.  And our bellies!

I wish I could take all the credit for coming up with this recipe; but, I have to give credit to one of my 18-year-old nephews for the genius idea with flavors.  We were recently vacationing together, and over a dinner of lasagna, he wondered out loud what it would be like made with an alfredo sauce, mushrooms and chicken.  I loved the idea so much that I tucked it away until we got home, and then got busy in the kitchen.

I used lots of cremini mushrooms for this recipe; in my opinion the more the merrier!  I tried the recipe two ways, once with only mushrooms, and this time around with ground chicken.  Both ways are great, so vegetarians you can enjoy this recipe as well.  I liked using half sliced and half minced mushrooms as it added more texture to the recipe, and we are all about texture with our food.  As well, the recipe works well with fresh lasagne noodles or the no boil ones, I prefer both of these options as I find that the pasta that is boiled adds more liquid to the finished dish.

All that is left to add to this meal is a salad, some warm bread and a few hungry people.  You guys are going to dig this recipe!

 

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 small cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken  ** vegetarians you can skip this, and add another pound of mushrooms for the filling.
  • 2 pounds cremini mushrooms, stem removed and dirt brushed off
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 ounces grated parmesan
  • nutmeg to taste
  • lasagna noodles – either fresh or no boil ones

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor finely mince 1 pound of the mushrooms, and slice the other 1 pound into slices.  If you are vegetarian, then finely mince 2 pounds, and thinly slice 1 pound.  Then skip the cooking chicken part of this recipe.
  2. In a large frying pan add the olive oil and thinly sliced onion.  Place over medium heat, stir, lower heat to low.  Cook the onions until lightly caramelized, stirring very often.  This will take about 15 minutes – 20 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from the heat and place the mixture into a small bowl.
  5. Place the chicken into the same frying pan, using a wooden spoon break it up into small pieces.  Cook over low heat for 7 minutes.
  6. Add the minced mushrooms, stir, and cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the sliced mushrooms, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the onion mixture, stir and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in the rosemary.  Set aside
  10. Place the butter and heavy cream into a large saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil.
  11. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1 cup of the parmesan cheese until melted and smooth.
  12. Add a generous pinch of nutmeg to taste.  Whisk.  Set aside.
  13. Lightly oil a baking dish with a little olive oil.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the alfredo sauce on the bottom.
  14. Layer with lasagna noodles, my pan fit four across the bottom.  Top with some of the chicken/mushroom mixture, then sprinkle some of the cheese over the top.
  15. Top with another layer of noodles, and repeat until you have reached the top of your baking dish, ending with a layer of noodles.  I had 3 layers, ending with noodles.
  16. Pour the alfredo sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  17. Preheat oven to 350.  Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.
  18. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  19. Serve.
  20. Eat.