Bucatini with Mushrooms - 2 Guiding Stars
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Pasta and mushrooms are a gorgeous combination, especially when you pay attention to your cooking liquid. This recipe uses the soaking water for dried mushrooms and the cooking water for pasta to bring together a silky-smooth vegetarian sauce packed with umami.


  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms (about ½ oz.)
  • ⅔ cup boiling water
  • 8 oz. uncooked bucatini
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 (4 oz.) packages exotic mushroom blend, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. dry sherry
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper

Optional Garnishes*:

  • Sage sprigs


  1. Rinse porcini thoroughly. Combine porcini and 2/3 cup boiling water in a bowl; cover and let stand (30 minutes). Drain in a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup soaking liquid. Chop porcini.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente (10 minutes). Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add shallots, mushroom blend, and garlic; sauté, stirring frequently. (5 minutes)
  5. Stir in porcini, sherry, and salt; cook until liquid evaporates (1 minute).
  6. Finely grate 1 ounce cheese; crumble remaining cheese. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in pasta, 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup reserved porcini soaking liquid, 1/4 cup grated cheese, evaporated milk, chopped sage, and pepper; toss well to combine.
  7. Place about 1 1/4 cups pasta mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 1 tablespoon crumbled cheese. Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired.

*Optional garnishes have not been included in the rating of this recipe.


Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 350; Total Fat 9g (12% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 3.5g (18% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 16mg (5% DV); Sodium 305mg (13% DV); Total Carbohydrate 51g (19% DV); Dietary Fiber 3.5g (11% DV); Total Sugars 5g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 17g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 25% DV; Iron 15% DV; Potassium 8% DV; Selenium 80% DV; Folate 60% DV; Niacin 60% DV.
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