An essential component of eating locally is being prepared when the local food universe brings you something delicious, even if it wasn’t planned. Such was the case when some absolutely lovely shiitake mushrooms came my way from a local farm. Since they are very delicate and have a short shelf life, we needed to make something amazing with them…very quickly. I could have used my usual stir fry recipe and added them in, but when I have something special and delicate, I like for it to have the chance to be the star. Enter Bon Appetite online! THIS wonderful recipe found its way into my Facebook news feed and it was like the food universe was in agreement that I must eat mushrooms this week. In case you’re wondering, when the food universe speaks, I usually listen. Sometimes the universe tells me I need some Five Guys, in which case I also listen and EAT, but mostly it tells me nice, healthy things.
This is my adaptation of the Bon Appetite recipe (the original is HERE). My version doesn’t look as beautiful, but such is life. Basically, I cut the pasta required in half and increased the vegetables in the sofrito, but I pretty much followed the basic recipe. It is absolutely delicious, with a delicate flavor and a light dish that is perfect for these late summer evenings. We will definitely make this again!
Strozzapreti with Mushrooms and Ricotta (serves 2)
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 2 large, organic carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery, cleaned, trimmed and diced
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- Kosher or sea salt and ground, black pepper (to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 lb. (8 ounces) strozzapretti pasta
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil
- 8 ounces fresh, shiitake mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed and sliced
- 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh ricotta cheese
- 3 soft-boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half
- Make a sofrito by sauteing the onion, carrot and celery in 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Vegetables should be soft. Add salt, pepper and smoked paprika and saute an additional 2-3 minutes. Add sofrito to a bowl and set aside.
- Boil water for pasta in a stock pot. Add a handful of Kosher salt to the pot. Add the pasta and stir.
- In a deep saute pan, heat the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and saute for about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the garlic to the saute pan and stir, cooking for 3o seconds.
- Add the sofrito to the mushrooms and stir well.
- When pasta is done (about 9 minutes), add the pasta, Parmesan cheese and a bit of pasta water if needed. Combine all ingredients well.
- Plate the pasta by topping each serving with dollops of ricotta cheese and egg halves.
- Serve immediately.