Comfort bowl: mushroom and broccoli pasta

That recipe title could use some help. . . The eight year old me would never, ever make herself mushroom and broccoli pasta. . .

The adult, grownup me is in love with mushrooms and broccoli! (And has always loved dogs, apparently : )

baby me with anonymous dog

baby me with anonymous dog

I’ve been trying harder to keep my word and trying to cook more for my own family. So, after work, I went to the farmers’ market and tried to pick thoughtful ingredients for inspired meals, not designed for speed, ease, but delicious (and easy and quick!).

Tonight’s dinner:

Creamy pasta in slow mushroom sauce:

  • 2 TBS dijon mustard
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • a couple douses of white wine
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large Vidalia onion
  • 6 white button mushroom caps
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 4 large broccoli florets, chopped (but not a lot. Broccoli makes a mess that bothers me when you chop it.)
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • sprinkling of julienned basil
  • dash of hot sauce
  • dash of olive oil
  • 12 ounce of whole wheat thin spaghettini

Saute onion and garlic in stock with salt and pepper until lightly browned. Chop mushrooms and open the wine.

Add mushrooms and cook until liquid has largely disappeared.

Add mustard and stir.

Deglaze with wine. (Be sparing. Wine is for drinking. I always feel like I’m wasting it when I cook, but it does a good job deglazing : )

Remember that you forgot to boil the water for the pasta.

Boil a large pot of water.

When it looks almost ready to full-on rolling boil, add the broccoli and lightly salt the water.

Keep adding a splash of wine or stock and letting it absorb. Add tomatoes and basil. This is inexact and I’m sorry. But, you’re looking for a creamy sauce to begin… When the tomatoes get hot enough to burst, it is usually almost right. Add spinach. It will give off some helpful water.

When pasta is ready, add to sauce and add a dash of olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir and try a bite and adjust flavors.

Top with a handful of walnut parmesan, a sprinkling of basil and enjoy!

Mushrooms! Tomato! Spinach!

Mushrooms! Tomato! Spinach!

Walnut parmesan:

  • handful of walnuts
  • nutritional yeast

Pulse together in food processor and toast until lightly browned.

Enjoy! Happy keeping your word to your family! : )

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