Meaty-tasting but meatless, mushrooms take the place of meat in this hearty mushroom and herb pasta sauce. Fresh parsley, tomatoes, garlic, onions and herbs at fresh flavor and the texture is rich and hearty.
Marvelous Mushroom and Herb Pasta Sauce
I’m crazy about mushrooms. For years I have made a mushroom pasta sauce, or mushroom marinara, that uses lots of parsley and other herbs. A staple in my house for years, I make double batches and freeze it in jars. It’s always handy for a quick and satisfying dinner.
What To Do With Parsley
Cleaning out the vegetable drawer I somehow ended the week with three big bunches of parsley. Fresh, fluffy, green, organic flat-leaf parsley. It was too good to be ignored, allowed to wilt away and get tossed. How to use it? Making my favorite pasta sauce.
Always a bridesmaid but never the bride, parsley is often relegated to the role of supporting actor as simple garnish. In this recipe, parsley plays the foundational role for my mushroom and herb pasta sauce. The parsley lends fresh herbal flavor to this meatless but meaty-tasting sauce filled with mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery and herbs.
Prep Your Vegetables
For fast prep work, a food processor comes in handy. If you have one but don’t use it much, here is your chance to put it to use. You can also prep the vegetables by hand with a chef’s knife.
Strip leaves from two to three large bunches of parsley, discarding the stems. Wash parsley leaves in cool water and dry on layers of paper towels, kitchen towels or in a salad spinner.
Chop the parsley leaves fine. You can use a food processor, pulsing with the steel knife, or chop by hand. Next, slice the mushrooms (good old white mushrooms work fine) and chop some celery. The mushrooms I slice thin in my food processor with the slicing blade. The celery and onions I chop finely by hand.
Simmer and Enjoy
Once your prep work is done, mushroom and herb pasta sauce is easy to complete by simmering the ingredients in a pot until thick and the flavors are melded together. Serve it simply over pasta noodles or zucchini noodles for an easy, healthy dinner. Use it to top stuffed pasta shells. It’s great, too, for topping crisp chicken cutlets with a side of broccolini. It’s a versatile sauce, and extra freezes well.