Oyster Mushroom Pasta

We’ve been on a bit of a pasta kick. This pasta comes together really quickly with minimal ingredients. It’s the perfect dish to follow a long day of work/school when energy and enthusiasm for cooking is far from our minds. The oyster mushrooms add meatiness to the dish, while the double-smoked cheddar cheese grated on top enhances the flavour.

3 cups dried pasta, preferably rotini
2 tablespoons olive oil
7 oz oyster mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups marinara sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Double-smoked cheddar cheese, grated
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
2. Saute mushrooms and garlic in olive oil for 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Drain the pasta and return to pot. Add sauteed mushrooms and garlic, marinara sauce, salt and pepper. Stir and heat until thoroughly warmed through.
4. Top with double-smoked cheddar cheese and serve with garlic bread.

Vegetarian Lasagna

We love gooey cheese dishes, bonus if we can sneak a vegetable in there like zucchini. Usually we’re not really sure what to do with zucchini besides eat it straight off grill or put it on pizza. We love putting vegetables like eggplant in risottos, stews, etc. but the zucchini somehow gets neglected. However, it’s absolutely delicious in this lasagna! This dish is healthier than traditional lasagnas thanks to the vegetables and the low fat cottage cheese.

3 cups organic Marinara sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 package lasagna noodles
2 medium zucchini, sliced
7 oz oyster mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups low fat cottage cheese
2 cups shredded cheese (We used a 4 cheese blend)
1 teaspoon oregano

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Saute the garlic for two minutes, then add oyster mushrooms and zucchini. Stir and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until zucchini and mushrooms are tender.
3. Cook the noodles in boiling water for a few minutes, rinse in cold water and drain.
4. Cover the bottom of a 9×12 inch baking pan with 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce, then cover the sauce with one layer of lasagna noodles. Cover this with a thin layer of cottage cheese, then add a layer of cooked mushrooms and zucchini and a thin layer of marinara sauce. Repeat 2 times, then add a layer of noodles, a layer of marinara sauce and a layer of shredded cheese. Sprinkle oregano on top of shredded cheese.
5. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the lasagna and bake for another 15 minutes to lightly brown the cheese.
6. Allow lasagna to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Serves 8.

Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto

We love risotto in our house because it’s delicious, creamy and pleases vegans and omnivores alike.

Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto

1 cup uncooked barley
3 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon black truffle salt
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
4 Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced
2-3 oyster mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
5-6 Shallots, chopped

1. In a medium pot on medium heat, melt the margarine and saute the barley in it until lightly toasted.
2. Add 3 cups of the vegetable stock to the barley, and bring to a boil. Cook on low heat, covered, for 30 min or until barley is cooked.
3. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, heavy pan, and add the sliced mushrooms.
Saute mushrooms for 10-15 min, then add chopped shallots and pressed garlic and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the flavors infuse into the mushrooms.
4. Add barley, salt, pepper, and truffle salt to the mushroom mixture. Stir and slowly pour in the remaining cup of vegetable stock to make it creamier.
5. Right before it’s served, mix in 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley.

– DJ