Thursday, December 2, 2010

Spaghetti with Bacon and Shiitake Mushrooms

It's been a while since I posted anything, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I made some spaghetti the other night for dinner.  It may need more salt, adjust according to your taste or you can add cheese into the sauce. 


Spaghetti with Bacon and Shiitake Mushrooms
Serves 5-7.
1 lb. spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 lb. ground beef, lean
3 slices of bacon, minced
1/2 onion, minced
2 T. garlic, chopped
1 c. shiitake mushrooms, minced
1/3 c. red wine
2 t. worcestershire sauce
2 t. salt, to taste
2 T. barbeque sauce
pinch black pepper
1 t. dried italian herbs
1 T. sugar, to taste
2 T. water
1 (28 oz.) can of whole tomatoes
1 (6-7 oz.) can tomato paste
3 T. parmesan cheese
1 package of shredded italian four cheese blend (mozzarella, asiago, provolone)


1.  In a medium pot, cook the minced bacon over med-high heat.  No oil is needed, the bacon fat will cook itself.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add the chopped garlic, onion and shiitake mushrooms (can substitute for regular button mushrooms) cook for 5 minutes or until the onions look translucent. 

2.  Gradually start adding the ground beef in small portions.  This will help keep the heat at the same temperature.  Break up the ground beef with a wooden spoon and brown thoroughly, cook for 10 mins.

3.  Add 1/3-1/2 c. of red wine, cook for about 8 mins. or until it's reduced down.  Reduce the heat to med-low.  Add the tomato paste, 2 T. water, 1 t. italian herb seasoning and the chopped whole tomatoes with the juices into the pot.  Stirring constantly until everything is incorporated.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

The longer it's cooked the better the flavors will develop.

4.  In the meantime boil a pot of water with a 1 t. of salt and cook the pasta to al dente according to your pasta box instructions.  After the pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.

5.  Add 2 t. salt,  adjust according to your taste, pinch of black pepper, 1 T. sugar, 2 T. barbeque sauce, and 3 T. of grated parmesan cheese.  Stir to combine and simmer for an additional 5-8 minutes, stirring occassionally. 

6.  Serve the sauce over the pasta with some grated italian cheese blend or parmesan. 

Dinner is served!


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