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Monday, October 26, 2015

Mushroom Stroganoff

I love hearty, creamy dishes in fall but you can only eat so much soup. That's why I like this meal - it combines those great elements with the convenience of a pasta dish. It's also a revamp of a classic! It was met with approval by my vegetarian and animal eating friends alike. Give it a go!

Serves: 4 | Time: 25 minutes

3/4 lb organic spaghetti
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 tsp minced garlic
Parsley, optional

Sauce ingredients:
1/3 cup white wine, optional
1 tsp mesquite liquid smoke
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce*
3/4 cup raw cashews
1/2 block firm tofu
1 cup very hot water
1/2 can tomato paste
1 cube no beef bouillon
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
Salt, to taste

* make sure there is no fish! some are certified vegan, like Annie's or Edward and Sons

Fill a large pot with water and a generous teaspoon of coarse salt. Cover over high heat.
Chop your veggies.
In a large sauce or saute pan, add your oil over medium heat. Cook the onion until translucent, stirring frequently. Add your garlic until fragrant. Add water as necessary, to prevent sticking. Reduce heat and cover.
In a blender or food processor, add all the sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid to desired consistency. I prefer a thick sauce!
Pour into the pan and stir until combined. I added some freshly ground sage and rosemary, as my personal preference.
Add spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to package directions (10 minutes for al dente, for mine).
Taste the sauce and make any final adjustments.
Drain the spaghetti. If it tastes salty, rinse with hot water. Return to the pot and add a little coconut oil if you won't be serving immediately or want to prevent sticking during storage.
I like serving this dish with bread to sop up extra sauce!

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