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I saw one of the owners of Pasta Pomodoro make this on a local tv show. The measurements are approximate as he only demonstrated the ingredients used, no measurements. But this dish is easy and pretty hard to mess up. Mine tasted just as good as the one from the restaurant (I just tried this dish about a couple of weeks ago). A couple of pointers to make it tasty: Be sure to salt your water for pasta, this gives your pasta some flavor. After adding the pasta to the sauce, cook it for a minute of two so the pasta soaks up the sauce. After this step, you can taste and adjust flavor, adding parmesan cheese to give it more flavor (optional). Note: I actually didn't use the entire package of porchini mushrooms, only a little more than 1/2 of the package because it's expensive, also I used baby spinach instead of arugula because my kids do not appreciate the "bite" of the arugula.
- 1 large portabella mushroom, sliced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 1⁄3 cup cream
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 lb cooked penne or 1 lb bow tie pasta
- 3⁄4 ounce porcini mushroom, dried
- 1⁄2 cup hot water, only as needed (or more)
- 1 1⁄2 cups baby arugula leaves or 1 1⁄2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 2 -3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
- salt and pepper (optional)
- Soak the dried porchini mushrooms in the hot water (about 10 minutes), then squeeze the liquid out of the mushrooms and chop it up. Be sure to reserve the tasty soaking water for the sauce!
- Prepare the sausage according to package directions (cooked throughly and browned), drain.
- Cook the pasta according to package directions as well, however, minus one to two minutes to finsh "cooking" in the sauce. Meanwhile start the sauce:.
- Heat up a large pan (large enough to fit the pasta in), add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, sautee garlic just until fragrant, add in cooked sausage, portobello mushrooms and porchini mushrooms, and (first add 1/4 cup) of the reserved porchini soaking water as well as the wine. Let this cook for a few minutes. If the portobello mushroom is still dry, add more of the reserved soaking water (add all if possible), cook until the portobello is browned and tender.
- Add cream and heat through, stirring to incorporate the flavors together. Next add the cooked pasta and arugula or spinach leaves, cook for a minute or two to let the pasta soak up the sauce and wilt the arugula or spinach.
- Taste and adjust seasoning, adding parmesan cheese then salt and pepper if desired.