Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese

Cook Time: 25 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 6 servings


* 1-ounce dried porcini mushrooms
* 1 1/2 cups hot water
* 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
* 1 onion, peeled and chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
* 2 garlic cloves
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 5 ounces assorted mushrooms (like shiitake, cremini, and brown),
stemmed and chopped
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste
* 1/2 cup red wine
* 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
* 1 pound rigatoni pasta
* 1/4 cup Parmesan


Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with 1 1/2 cups
very hot water. Set aside and let the mushrooms soften.

Place the carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a food processor.
Pulse the vegetables until finely chopped but still chunky. Place the
olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the
chopped vegetables, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook until
tender, about 6 minutes. Strain the porcini mushrooms, reserving the
porcini mushroom liquid. Add the porcini mushrooms, fresh mushrooms,
and tomato paste and continue cooking, stirring to dissolve the tomato
paste, until the mushrooms are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the
porcini mushroom liquid and red wine. Bring the liquid to a boil,
reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer until the liquid is
reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and stir just
until the cheese is incorporated.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite,
stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving
1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and add to the vegetable mixture. Add
some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid, if necessary, to moisten
the sauce. Toss with Parmesan and serve.


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