One secret to a delicious Bolognese sauce is to add dried porcini mushrooms. A tiny amount of these dried mushrooms adds unbelievable richness to this main dish.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • In a 4-quart Dutch oven, bring the 8 cups water and 2 teaspoons of the salt to boiling. Place mushrooms in a small bowl; add 1 cup of the boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, add escarole or spinach to the remaining boiling water. Return water to boiling; immediately drain greens in a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain well, pressing out extra liquid; coarsely chop greens and set aside. Drain mushrooms, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid. Chop the mushrooms; set mushrooms and liquid aside.

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  • In a large skillet cook, sausage, onion, garlic, and sage over medium heat until meat is browned, stirring to break up sausage. Drain off fat. Stir in wine and reserved mushroom liquid. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 7 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Add broth, marinara sauce, parsley, oil, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in the Dutch oven according to package directions using fresh water. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and drain the pasta. Add pasta water, mushrooms, and cooked greens to pork mixture. Heat through; spoon over cooked pasta. Toss before serving. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 to 6 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts

809 calories; 35 g total fat; 14 g saturated fat; 5 g polyunsaturated fat; 17 g monounsaturated fat; 192 mg cholesterol; 1032 mg sodium. 767 mg potassium; 84 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 32 g protein; 0 RE vitamin a; 2284 IU vitamin a; 14 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 4 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 165 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 212 mg calcium; 5 mg iron;

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I've been making this recipe since I discovered it over 10 years ago and it's still a hit even with a lot of modern recipes coming out. The porcini mushrooms mixed with the onions and garlic, white wine, sweet italian sausage, spinach and marinara is so so hearty and good with tagliatelle. If you're going to have a fancy dinner party, this is the pasta to make. Make sure you drain the spinach well and the mushrooms before chopping them up and putting them in the pan. Another tip. Get the sweet italian sausage from the meat counter. It tastes a lot better than the pre-packaged stuff. For the white wine, I use Cupcake Vineyards Angel Food or the Chardonnay.