Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese

TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1-ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces assorted mushrooms (like shiitake, cremini, and brown), stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
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      Directions

      Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with 1 1/2 cups very hot water. Set aside and let the mushrooms soften.

      Place the carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse the vegetables until finely chopped but still chunky. Place the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped vegetables, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Strain the porcini mushrooms, reserving the porcini mushroom liquid. Add the porcini mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, and tomato paste and continue cooking, stirring to dissolve the tomato paste, until the mushrooms are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the porcini mushroom liquid and red wine. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and stir just until the cheese is incorporated.

      Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and add to the vegetable mixture. Add some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid, if necessary, to moisten the sauce. Toss with Parmesan and serve.

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      • on November 19, 2013

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        Fabulous! I did cook the vegetables a bit longer. Great flavor and wonderful pasta sauce alternative. Thanks Giada.

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      • on October 27, 2012

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        Amazing recipe. I used tomato sauce instead of tomato paste, added celery and omitted the dried porcini mushrooms, and used cream cheese instead because I didn't have mascarpone. Although I made changes, I think the original would have been amazing as well because it was just so darn good! Two thumbs up!

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      • on May 08, 2012

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        Not my favorite. The veggies should have been cooked a lot longer. This ended up tasting like pasta with a dark salsa. But once we reheated it the following night and it got a chance to cook down a bit more it was nice.

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