Wild Mushroom Pasta

I'm a big fan of Good Eats and Alton Brown. I've learned a lot from him. So when he suggested that dried exotic mushrooms were an umani flavor bomb I took to amazon to procure some. 

When you only cook with and eat plants, sources of deep and real flavor are important. 

His advice was spot on. I got a dried exotic mushroom mix and used it in my pressure cooker to create a sauce/broth for pasta and even though I forgot to add olive oil, it still had tons of flavor. 
After the pressure cook was finished I added the oil I forgot and cooked it off for a  few minutes. I then stirred it into my precooked pasta. Let it rest 5 minutes to tighten up. It was a perfect sauce to enrobe my pasta. . 

Dried exotic mushrooms are not cheap. But if you don't eat/cook with animal products, they feel like a bargain. There's so much flavor to be had. It's worth it and then some. 

Ingredients
1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

2 ounces dried fancy mushroom mix, big pieces broken or diced
1 pint …

Chipotle Harrisa Sauce

This sauce recipe is total awesomeness and super easy. Very few ingredients. Inspired by Harissa, but a little different.

I large jar (around 24 ounces) roasted red peppers, including the liquid
2-3 chipotles and 1 tsp adobo sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 lime, zest and juice
Small drizzle of canola or olive oil
1 tbl fresh cracked coriander seeds
1 tbl ground or fresh cracked cumin
1 tsp basil
Black pepper to taste

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and buzz until smooth. Taste. Adjust seasoning if desired.

We're not adding salt because the pepper liquid already had plenty.

Chill in the fridge for a few hours at least.

Little spicy, little sweet, 100% delicious.

It's so easy, but it tastes so good. Don't take my word for it. Try it yourself and see.