The mushrooms are roasted until brown and then simmered in Marsala until they absorb the wine. A touch of tomato paste and chicken broth form a tasty sauce.
1 pound mushrooms, cut in halves or quarters depending on size
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup dry Marsala
1/2 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 pound penne
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Heat the oven to 400°. In a roasting pan or dutch oven, toss the mushrooms with the oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes; some liquid will remain in the pan.
Transfer the pan to the top of the stove. Stir in the garlic and Marsala. Simmer until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the broth and tomato paste and simmer until about 1/4 cup of liquid remains, about 2 minutes longer. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the butter and remove from the heat.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the penne until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce and the parsley.
Variation: Penne with Roasted Mushrooms: If you don't keep Marsala on hand, substitute an equal quantity of dry sherry or dry red wine in its place.
Wine Recommendation: Mushrooms are well matched with a red Italian wine such as a Nebbiolo d'Alba from the Piedmont region.
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