Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Leftover Tomato Sauce Uses

Here's a dilemna I often find myself in. I use half or 3/4 a jar of tomato sauce and don't know what to do with the rest. Freezing it has pretty unsavory results. It loses all flavor.

It's not a bad idea to use it as a sandwich condiment. Spread it on bread like you would mayo or mustard. Then add your other sandwich fillers. I find tomato sauce works best with kaiser rolls or toasted wheat bread. Generously lather both sides. Add black beans or kidney or pinto. Season with garlic powder. Drizzle with hot sauce. Finish with lettuce and any other fresh produce you have on hand. Corn, onion, pepper. You can't go wrong with fresh crunchy vegetables to top your sandwich.

Another interesting use for left over pasta sauce is to use it as a salad dressing. Assemble your salad as you nomrally would. Crisp lettuce, bell pepper, crunchy carrots, rich olive.s Or whatever makes a good salad in your mind. Add a teaspoon or two of the jar sauce. Then dilute with some hot sauce and vinegar. All kinds of vinegar play nicely. Red, white, balsamic, apple cider. It makes a really nice salad dressing that both sweet and savory.

One more great use for that left over tomato sauce is to dress potatoes and beans. If I have a batch of nicely roasted or sauteed potatoes I really enjoy smothering them in some pasta sauce. It's a really nice combination. I might add other things. Like broccoli or sauteed garlic or beans. But a lot of folks don't realize how nicely potatoes pair with tomato sauce.