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Spaghetti with Mushroom & Meat Sauce

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

My first batch of home-made stock was a success! I don't think I can go back to store-bought ones anymore...sigh...I'm glad I tried out the vegetable stock recipe as it was really good, so flavourful. I was so tempted to season it with a bit of salt and pepper and drink the whole batch! Anyway, I resisted and had a lot of leftover from the Daring Cook's challenge. I've been using it in almost every dish I cooked for the past week and here's my first pasta dish made with HOME-MADE vegetable stock *grins with pride*

Spaghetti with Creamy Wild Mushrooms and Meat Sauce 8
Ingredients: serves 3
  • 230g Spaghetti
  • 500g minced beef
  • Portobello mushrooms (from making vegetable stock) - chop into small pieces
  • 1 cup mixed dried mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, porcini)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 large onion - diced
  • 3 cloves garlic - pressed
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 box (390g) chopped tomatoes in a concentrated tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 cup home-made vegetable stock
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp condensed milk
  • A dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A handful of parsley - coarsely chopped
Directions:
  • Soak dried mushrooms in 1 cup of warm water until softened (about 30 mins). Drain, press water out. Keep the soaking water for later use and coarsely chop the mushrooms.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan.
  • Add minced beef, stir fry until dry and brown. Leave aside for later use.
Spaghetti with Creamy Wild Mushrooms and Meat Sauce 1
  • In the same pan, add onions, fry until soft and translucent.
  • Add garlic, fry until fragrant.
  • Mix in softened dried mushrooms and portobello mushrooms.
Spaghetti with Creamy Wild Mushrooms and Meat Sauce 2
  • Add cooked beef, dried mixed herbs and tomatoes.
Spaghetti with Creamy Wild Mushrooms and Meat Sauce 3
  • Pour in the water used for soaking mushrooms and vegetable stock.
Spaghetti with Creamy Wild Mushrooms and Meat Sauce 4
  • Bring to boil, lower heat to simmer for about 30 mins.
  • Stir in tomato paste.
  • Pour in evaporated milk and condensed milk. Leave to simmer for a further 15 mins.
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  • While the sauce is simmering, boil pasta in a large pot of water until it's almost done.
  • Drain and mix pasta into the sauce and let the pasta finish cooking in the sauce.
Spaghetti with Creamy Wild Mushrooms and Meat Sauce 6
  • Season with worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Stir in parsley.
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  • Enjoy!
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I'm sending this to Aqua from Served with Love who is hosting this week's Presto Pasta Night.

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