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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.

 

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!

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.

 

 

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!