Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Hey look another spaghetti sauce recipe! I know, keeping it fresh and new around here. Today’s twist is mushrooms. I like them, my husband and children tolerate them to varying degrees. I try to have mushrooms on hand from time to time to make my daughter’s favorite mushroom barley soup. This time around, however, I did not have time to make that soup and I had mushroom that could charitably be called elderly on my hands, so I came up with this sauce. It’s different than my usual sauces because it includes red wine and fennel, giving it a heartier taste. It would be, and is meant to be, a good vegetarian substitute for meat sauce which I’ve been craving lately because of the snow. I love a good rich meat sauce, but my husband isn’t a big fan of ground beef so I rarely cook with it. Most of the time I don’t mind as ground beef dishes can be heavy like a rock, but here I think you’d say I’ve come close, minus the rock.    The red pepper is optional. I had one on had to use up so I did, but it would probably be just as tasty without it.

 

Serves 4

Reheats: Well

Freezes: Beautifully

Kid Friendly Tasks: Onion peeler

Ingredients

  • 1 c sliced mushrooms
  •  1 large onion, diced
  •  ½ c red peppers, finely diced
  •  ¼ tsp fennel
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  2 c diced tomatoes (or one 15 oz can)
  •  2 c tomato sauce (or one 15 oz can)
  •  Salt to taste
  •  ½ tsp oregano
  •  ½ tsp basil
  •  1/2 tsp parsley
  •  ¼ red wine
  •  2 tbsp butter
  •  2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Cook the onions and garlic in the butter and olive oil until they are tender.
  2. While they are cooking, dice up the mushrooms and then add to the pan. Then add the diced red pepper. Cook until everything softens. Then add the oregano, basil, parsley, and fennel. Cook for 1-2 mins. Add the red wine and cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cook until everything softens and melds together about 15 mins.

Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

 

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