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 …

2 Ingredient Spicy Pepper Puree (Vegan)

This is a really simple pepper puree that packs a lot of flavor. With just two ingredients, plus salt and pepper, it's incredibly easy to make, yet boasts plenty of excitement for your tastebuds.

1 jars of roasted red peppers
Several chiles de arbol
salt and pepepr

Add peppers, liquid and all to your blender. Add 3-6 chiles de arbol. I added 6, but only one with the seeds intact. The rest of the chiles I broke open and discarded the seeds.

At least 1 tsp each salt and pepper.

Buzz it up and taste. Add more salt and pepper if desired. I like to refridgerate it for several hours to thicken it up.

It's awesome on sandwiches. It's also good on salad, pasta, beans.

When sandwiches can't include cheese I think that a puree such as this one really fills the void.

It's pictured above with red robin spiced and chpotle lime seasoned lentils and barley and an assortment of fresh veg.

But let your imagination run wild. This stuff is versatile. It would make an awesome gazpacho with some roasted roma tomatoes. And it's a great sauce or drizzle on most anything. Tofu marinade. Pasta topping. The flavor goes for miles.