Asparagus Mushroom Pasta Sauce (Moosewood)

"We're yet to try this but it looks yum, so I'm sharing it here to remind myself to make it & to make changing the measurements easier. Serve with some parmesan or minced dill scattered over the top. This recipe, the following description and note come courtesy of Moosewood Cookbook. Although designed for pasta, this sauce is also good in crepes or on rice or baked fish. If you have some left over, try filling an omelette with it. Note: The alcohol in the wine will evaporate during cooking."
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  • Steam the asparagus until just tender, transfer to a colander & rinse under cold running water then set aside to drain well.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add onion & salt and saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, tarragon and pepper, cover and cook over medium heat for 15 mins, stirring occasionally .
  • Add wine and water. Turn up heat until liquid comes to boil, then sprinkle in the flour, whisking constantly until it completely dissolves.
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 mins, stirring frequently.
  • Add garlic, cook about 5 mins more.
  • Stir the asparagus into the sauce at the last minute when your pasta is done.

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  1. Sorry but unlike other Moosewood recipes I have tried this one is not for me. A fair bit of work for a less than average pasta dish. I used a quality wine, very thin fresh asparagus and mini bella mushrooms. Even with these quality ingredients the dish was very bland and honestly quite disappointing. Maybe I should have tried thyme & sage as another reviewer did. Won't make this one again.
  2. Leave it to Moosewood, another vegetarian winner! I just can't say how delicious this is, you'll have to make it yourself to see! It does take a bit of time to prep and cook, but so worth the time and patience. I was out of tarragon, so I used thyme and a little sage and it worked well. I'm going to try again with tarragon, just for an excuse to serve this tasty dish again soon!


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