Remember back in May, when I was touring France via food? I had so much fun trying recipes and eating all the wonderfully delicious French food. So much fun - in fact - that I've decided to take another little "trip" through Italy - via food, of course!
For the month of September (with the exception of a couple of posts), I will be featuring recipes for Italian dishes. I'm so excited to take this trip, I'm starting a couple of days early! And who would blame me after seeing the recipe I'll be sharing with you today?
Pasta has been a part of Italian cuisine forever. No other culture knows as much about pasta as the Italians. Did you know Italy averages approximately 60 pounds of pasta per year for every man, woman and child? Needless to say, I had to begin my journey with pasta!
I saw a post from Hot Eats and Cool Reads on Facebook, complete with a beautiful photo, earlier this week and knew I not only HAD to try it, but also include it in my tour of Italy. Sheena from Hot Eats and Cool Reads, very kindly and generously, is letting me share her recipe for Pasta with Tomato, Basil and Mushroom Alfredo with all of you. Please take a minute and pop over to see Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads. She has so many fantastic recipes at her site, along with delightful book reviews AND a giveaway!
This pasta, in addition to being a feast for the eyes, is also full of flavor and textures. All without meat, which makes it a great Meatless Monday meal.
I followed Sheena's recipe exactly and used store bought Alfredo sauce. It was very good and convenient, but we prefer homemade Alfredo sauce. I've included a really easy Alfredo recipe at the end of this post, if you'd like to use a homemade sauce.
Pasta with Tomato, Basil and Mushroom Alfredo
Reduce the heat to low-medium. Pour the Alfredo sauce over the mushrooms, onions and garlic. Add the wine (or broth) to the jar (if using the store-bought sauce) and shake well. Add the wine to the sauce and mushrooms. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary.
To serve, scoop some pasta on to a plate and spoon the sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms over the pasta. Sprinkle with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, to taste.
Thank you, again to Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads for sharing her recipe!