I love simple dishes that require only a few ingredients, but still have big flavors. My kids love monster bowls of pasta and mushrooms, and I was super excited to find a porcini pasta online that’s completely vegan! It’s a perfect combination of two of our favorite ingredients, and I added baby shiitake mushrooms and asparagus. To keep this really simple, I used za’atar as the secret ingredient to amp up the flavors without overpowering all of that delicious mushroom flavor.
It’s safe to say that za’atar mushrooms are life changing. The combination of sumac, thyme and sesame seeds brings out so much earthy goodness! Za’atar is so flavorful that you really don’t need to add a sauce to the pasta, and a simple olive oil and lemon juice combination tastes absolutely amazing! We’re so used to rich, tomato based sauces with our pasta that this was a refreshing change in our routine, and it really cuts down on time. I can’t wait to add za’atar to everything, but I’ll probably start with potatoes first!
Za’atar Mushrooms, Asparagus & Porcini Pasta
The main ingredients for this recipe are shiitake mushrooms, garlic, shallot, asparagus, za’atar and porcini pasta. I added baby kale in the pasta water for extra greens, but spinach would work just as well. I happened to stumble across baby shiitake mushrooms, but this will work with any type of mushroom that you can find. I’d recommend crimini or baby portobello mushrooms because they’re rich and hearty.
I absolutely had to use this beautiful purple garlic while sautéing the mushrooms and asparagus. The garlic was incredibly fragrant and brings so much life to asparagus, but I’m obsessed with adding garlic to everything that I cook! You can steam the asparagus instead, but I love how asparagus tastes when it’s cooked in coconut oil. This entire recipe can easily be cooked in under 15 minutes because the porcini trumpet pasta is ready in 5 minutes!
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