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I had a friend pop over for lunch last Wednesday and I needed to make us a quick bite to eat.

The day before I had bought a small little pack of fresh pasta for 2$
and some portobello mushrooms. With a few other ingredients the results were delish!

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Pasta with mushrooms, tomatoes and basil

I love using mushrooms because they can actually replace the meat in a dish. Portobello mushrooms when they are cooked have a meaty texture.

Tip! When prepping your mushrooms scrape off the dark gills of the mushroom to prevent everything in your dish from going black.


3 large portobello mushroom caps
1 onion sliced
Diced up smoked Serrano chili or 1/2 tsp of chipotle powder
Handful of fresh basil
Handful of sliced cherry tomatoes
Splash of white wine or sambucca or both
Heavy cream ~ 3/4 cup
Salt and pepper
Fresh pasta

In a sauté pan on high heat add a touch of oil and sauté the mushrooms until they start to color. Add onions. Salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add wine or sambucca. Put pan back on heat to reduce. Add Serrano pepper or chipotle pepper. Add cream and reduce heat to low.

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Sauce simmering

In a pot of salted water cook fresh pasta. It takes minutes to cook. I LOVE fresh pasta because it is a great chew to it which goes well with this sauce.


Pasta cooking

Once pasta is cooked, drain and add directly to the sauté pan that has the mushrooms and sauce. Coat the pasta with sauce and let it absorb. Toss in the sliced cherry tomatoes and the fresh sliced basil. Let heat for a few more minutes and put in pasta bowls, top with Parmesan and serve! Delish!

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Toss pasta with sauce

This dish takes 15 mins to make. Super fast, easy and tasty, and you don’t even miss the meat. I promise.

I am a girl who loves food. I grew up with a Mom who was an excellent cook. She wrote a cookbook when I was a child, and as they say, the rest is history. Started a catering business in 2005 and haven’t looked back. I am a mom to 2 beautiful girls and I want them to love food as much as I do. In the meantime, I love life and love my job @ http://www.monicaskitchen.com