The Humble Mushroom
Many people use mushrooms as a ingredient for a fresh salad, and yes they are perfect used in that way. However, there really are numerous ways to cook with mushrooms. They can be used as a side dish, in sauces, both cream and tomato, soup, pre-dinner trips, salads, evening snacks and much more. They are only limited by your imagination.
Mushrooms are considered a vegetable, and have considerable nutritional value. The kind that is found in other vegetables, and attributes commonly found in meat, grains and beans. They are low in calories, also cholesterol and fat-free, not to mention, quite low in sodium. They also provide such nutrients as potassium, niacin, selenium, vitamin D and much more. A beneficial food product do not you agree?
Boy, does my kitchen smell good right now. I've just finished my favorite recipe for pasta sauce. I love pasta, do not you? With this recipe you need to like mushrooms, and if you do not, you will, using this mushroom sauce recipe. I've kept it simple to save time. Since most people have limits place on their time, and this was taken into consideration.
Here's what you need:
1. 1 pint of fresh button mushrooms, sliced thinly, including stem
2. 1 large onion, sliced
3. 2 gloves garlic chopped
4. 1 24 oz. jar of prepared tomato basil pasta sauce
5. 1/4 cup olive oil
6. salt and pepper to taste near the end
7. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
8. Put pot on for cooking pasta of your choice
Instructions: Place olive oil in large frying and put heat on high. When pan is hot (olive oil will ripple), place onions, mushrooms and garlic in pan. Stirring frequently to keep mushrooms from burning. When ingredients start to cook reduce heat to medium high. Keep stirring. When mushroom has slowly browned, and onions are transparent, add the jar of sauce and parsley. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes to incorporate all ingredients. Total cooking time is less than 30 minutes.
Serve over of cooked pasta with a hearty glass of red wine and Italian bread. A nice green salad will make a perfect accompaniment.
Note: Mushrooms have a very long history, thousand of years, and have been prized by many of the royal homes, and not for the common population. It was not until the nineteenth century till these wonderful vegetables were introduced to our hemisphere, and became more popular as time went on.