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Friday, May 14, 2010

Tortellini in Mushroom Tomato Sauce

Pasta Italiana
Riccardo Marcialis


Although researchers believe pasta originated in China and was taken to Italy by Marco Polo in the 13th century, there is no mistaking that Italian cooks transformed it to the versatile dish we enjoy today.

Pasta comes in so many different shapes; no one is sure how many, not even the Italians.  I just know that I’m a fan of most of them with tortellini being at the top of the pasta scale.  Tortellinis are small rings usually stuffed with meat, cheese, herbs or greens and resemble cappelletti.

I love, love tortellini; however, I have not gotten up the nerve to make it myself.  So I take the easy way out ~ I select a package from the refrigerated section of the local grocery store and then prepare it with whatever sauce I choose.  It is delicious and perfect any time of the year with a salad. 

The spicy blend of ingredients in this recipe is mellowed by a little white wine, making it one of our favorite ways to enjoy tortellini!



Tortellini in Mushroom Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
¼ teaspoons sugar
½ to ¾ pound cheese tortellini, or your favorite
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Method:

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic, cook until golden, 1-2 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients, except tortellini.
Stir mixture well and simmer for about 20 minutes, until sauce is thickened.
Meanwhile, cook tortellini per package directions.
Drain pasta well.
Add pasta to sauce.
Heat thoroughly.
Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Serves 4

Now that’s Italian!  That’s amore!




13 comments:

  1. I love to get pastas in all shapes and sizes but the family like just the ones they know. Pasta shaped like a wheel is just too "different" for them. Weirdos.

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  2. Thats a lot i got to know about pasta! thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh yeah, pre-made tortellini is the way to go! I sometimes pick up a pack, so I'll save this recipe for next time! yum....

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  4. I am not a huge fan of mushrooms, but my hubs would love this!

    Happy Friday!

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  5. Y'know, you're killing me with these posts.
    I'm just going to be forced to track you down, move in, and show up at your table each and every day and become your official taste tester!!!!

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  6. My very intermittent internet is causing me grief at the moment, technician is supposed to be here Monday pm! Meanwhile while on line I must say this recipe looks amazing. We love pasta. Diane

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  7. Debbi Smith, guess they all taste the same. The wheels are pretty cute!

    My cooking experiments, you're right! I'd rather just eat the pasta!

    Me, Myself and Pie, yes! It's just so easy to pick it up at the store!

    biz319, lots of mushrooms used here. You either like them or not, no middle of the road with that.

    Corgidogmama, come on over! I can also use another taste tester! Just wondering if you do the clean-up also...

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, sorry to hear that, very frustrating! Hope you have it corrected soon!

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  8. Corogidogmama, that's ALWAYS!

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  9. Mmm yes pasta speaks to my soul! I love tortellini and this sauce sounds like the perfect topping!

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  10. Delicious sounding sauce. Looks so good.

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  11. Joanne, it was delicious! Nothing beats pasta!

    Magic of Spice, thanks! And thank you for the visit!

    Sweet and Savory, thanks so much! It is good!

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  12. I love tortelini... this sounds great. Can i snap my fingers and try a bite? ( i wish!)

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