Meatless Monday: Hungarian Portabella Paprikash

Paprikash is a fancy and foreign way of saying "paprika." The Hungarian stew is traditionally made with meat, but Rachael Ray uses mushrooms in her recipe instead.
By: Michelle Buffardi
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Paprikash sounds pretty elaborate but it just means paprika in Hungarian. It's a Hungarian stew of meat -- usually chicken -- cooked with paprika, peppers and often sour cream, that gets served with egg noodles. Because it's typically made with meat I hadn't ever had it -- I gave up meat long before I heard of such a thing called Paprikash; it wasn't exactly in my mom's weeknight dinner repertoire in my early meat-eating days. But Rachael Ray uses portabella mushrooms to make her paprikash, so it's completely veg-friendly. Plus I'm obsessed with smoked paprika, so any recipe that calls for it is on my must-make list. You can substitute sweet paprika in this recipe, but go for the smoked; it makes a huge difference.

2 large red mild frying peppers or red bell peppers
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

8 large portabella mushroom caps, gills scraped, wiped clean and chopped into bite-size pieces

2 Fresno chile peppers, thinly sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped or grated
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons sweet paprika or smoked sweet paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces wide egg noodles or 1 pound egg tagliatelle
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, parsley, or dill
Sour cream, as needed

Char the peppers on the stovetop or under the broiler with the oven door cracked for the steam to escape. Place the charred peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to cool. Scrape or peel the skin from the peppers, then seed, and thinly slice.

Heat 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a large Dutch oven or large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and brown 12 to 15 minutes until darkened and tender. Add the Fresno peppers, onion, carrot, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper, and cook to soften, 10 minutes more.

Add the tomato paste to the vegetables and stir 1 minute. Add the stock, wine, Worcestershire sauce, and roasted red peppers. Simmer a few minutes for the flavors to combine, then cool completely and store for make-ahead meal.

Reheat the mushrooms and sauce over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

In boiling salted water, cook the egg noodles or egg pasta to al dente and toss with butter and herbs.

Stir a few spoonfuls of sour cream into the paprikash and serve in shallow bowls on a bed of noodles or pasta.

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