Wild Mushroom, Cream and White Wine Fettuccine

Nutty, meaty wild mushrooms mingle with sweet coconut cream and floral white wine in this wonderful fettuccine dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for company.

Produce On Parade - Wild Mushroom, Cream and White Wine Fettuccine - Nutty, meaty wild mushrooms mingle with sweet coconut cream and floral white wine in this wonderful fettuccine dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for company.

Is there anything better than wild, foraged mushrooms? Yes! Wild, foraged mushrooms that were gifted to you. Nah, not really. I really like foraging for mushrooms actually, but I literally jumped for joy when my mom gave me one pound (yes, 1 lb!!!) of fresh, hedgehog mushrooms that she gathered in Seward, Alaska. It’s a three hour drive from where we live, which is a little far to take the wee one, so obviously I was beyond ecstatic.

I’m new to mushroom hunting; this year I gathered and cooked up some birch boletes and puffballs, basically whatever I found on our walks. Oliver helped, carrying around a small wicker basket filled with our finds: wild mushrooms, and raspberries and kale from the garden. #cutestthingever Check out my instagram @katiecski for those photos, you won’t be sorry. Next year I hope to seriously go out mushroom hunting in our area. I would die to find some morels and chanterelles! What about you? Are you a master of wild mushrooms?

Produce On Parade - Wild Mushroom, Cream and White Wine Fettuccine - Nutty, meaty wild mushrooms mingle with sweet coconut cream and floral white wine in this wonderful fettuccine dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for company.

Wild Mushroom, Cream and White Wine Fettuccine

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

Nutty, meaty wild mushrooms mingle with sweet coconut cream and floral white wine in this wonderful fettuccine dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for company.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 lb of wild mushrooms or cremini (I used wild hedgehog mushrooms), cleaned and sliced
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup vegan white wine
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp red miso
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or ½ tsp dry thyme)
  • ½ tsp seasoning salt or table salt
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling add a dash of salt then cook pasta according to the package so it’s al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large high-rimmed frying pan. Saute the mushrooms in three batches, so that there is one single layer of mushrooms in the pan. Saute each batch for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms just start to stick to the bottom. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. Once all the mushrooms are cooked, deglaze the pan a with a little water and saute the onion and garlic for about 5-8 minutes until just starting to brown.
  4. Add all the mushrooms back to the pan and deglaze it with the wine, stir in the broth. Whisk the miso into the hot water and add to the pan. Whisk the milk and flour together then whisk slowly into the pan.
  5. Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper then the cooked pasta. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Wild Mushroom, Cream and White Wine Fettuccine - Nutty, meaty wild mushrooms mingle with sweet coconut cream and floral white wine in this wonderful fettuccine dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for company.

Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Classico Riserva for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

I just love it when a recipe comes together so, so perfectly. Todd adores vodka cream pasta. Me? Not so much. It's always been way too heavy for me and let's be real, it's obviously not that nutritious; heavy cream, cheese, vodka, and ground meat... it makes my arteries wanna clog up just thinking about it!

It was time something had to be done about this. So, I created my own version! In this healthier take on vodka cream pasta, I use avocado instead of heavy cream, TVP instead of oily ground meat, and added an entire bunch of swiss chard for a boost of nutrition. I couldn't believe what a couple wonderful, creamy avocados could do to kick heavy dairy to the curb. This will definitely be a staple in our house. I'm telling you, wonderful things happen when you have two aging avocados mingling about in your fridge. 

Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!
Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!
Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

A couple jars of Classico Riserva pasta sauce were eyeing me from the pantry and I knew I wanted to do something fun with them. They Riserva sauce line is free from artificial ingredients and added sugars! I wanted to create a dish that was as sophisticated and delicious as this thick and savory pasta sauce itself and a vodka 'cream' sauce was just the ticket.

Riserva comes in five, slow-simmered flavors: Arrabiata, Roasted Garlic, Marinara, Eggplant Artichoke, and Puttanesca. Perhaps the greatest thing about the new Riserva line (besides everything else I've already listed) is that all the flavors are totally vegan. Yay!! Usually I have to scour the ingredient lists (which is always lengthy for some reason) on the back of pasta sauce jars, but not with Riserva! In addition, these sauces only contains a few ingredients, as they should. 

Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!
Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

I'm also hosting a giveaway for three full-price coupons for this new sauce. Tell me in the comments what dish you'd like to make with Classico Riserva to be entered to win. Winners will be drawn at random and will close on 6.6.16 at noon EST. Open to U.S. only. Thank you, Classico Riserva for sponsoring this post! Open up a bottle of the good stuff! *** This giveaway is no CLOSED, thank you!***

Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 05/20/2016

A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta of choice (I like penne ), dry
  • ⅓ cup vodka
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 28 oz jar of Classico Riserva pasta sauce
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted
  • ½ cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • ½ cup vegan shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • 1 bunch of chard, destemmed and chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat for the pasta. Cook according to package until al dente, about 9 minutes; drain and return to pot.
  2. While the pasta boils, simmer the vodka in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until it’s reduced by half.
  3. Add the pasta sauce, nutritional yeast, liquid smoke, and avocados to a blender; blend on high until completely smooth. Transfer to the reduced vodka and stir in the tvp. Cover and simmer an additional 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chard to wilt; cover and continue to simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Over low heat, stir the sauce into the pasta to combine. Stir in the cheese ; serve hot.

Yield: 6

Produce On Parade - Healthier Avocado Vodka 'Cream' Pasta + Classico Riserva Giveaway - A healthy and modern twist on traditional vodka cream pasta. Avocado stands in for heavy cream, smokey TVP packs a vegan protein punch, and swiss chard gives itself for a nutritional boost. This pasta is everything; creamy, meaty, cheesy, and so darn delicious. Whips up in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

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Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones

This weekend was magical. Scones were involved, for one. Lovingly made with lowbush cranberries handpicked here in the valley forest. Even the rain held off long enough for us to get outside for a delightful walk through the damp woods. Heavily scented with tart and pungent highbush cranberries and the unmistakable aroma of yellowing leaves. 

Autumn light is decidedly the most beautiful light of the entire year and is not to be squandered. I think my friend Nate really said it best. 

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.

We even encountered a sleepy bunny friend on the trail. Don't worry bunny, you're safe with us.

Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.

Regarding scone and muffin making, I only ever consult one source. America's Test Kitchen. Those folks know their stuff and scones are not to be trifled with. My recipe is veganized and adapted from their blueberry scone recipe.

I have a love/hate relationship with baking. Making these scones was no exception. Tortured with fits of frustration from holes in my dough...being a perfectionist can be burdensome when it comes to making pastries. However, even with a couple openings where tiny cranberries menacingly dared to escape, these scones turned out wonderfully. They're really quite easy and I wouldn't say they take more patience than any other scone recipe. 

Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
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Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones
These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries. NOTES: Feel free to use almost any berry in place of the cranberries. Larger berries will need to be cut and if they’re frozen instead of fresh be sure not to thaw them. Try to work with the dough as little as possible and keep all ingredients chilled thoroughly the process. America’s Test Kitchen consulted.
Ingredients
  • 9 Tbsp. vegan butter (1 stick + 1 Tbsp. ), frozen
  • ½ cup coconut or soy milk
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for working (10 oz.)
  • ½ cup vegan sugar, plus additional for sprinkling (3 ½ oz.)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. table salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • scant ¼ cup fresh mint, minced
  • 1 ½ cup fresh cranberries (7 ½ oz.)
Instructions
Grate one stick of butter into a bowl and place in the freezer until ready to use.Whisk together the milk and sour cream in a small bowl and place in fridge until ready to use. In a large bowl whisk together the flour through and including the mint.Add the frozen, grated butter to the flour mixture and toss with fingers. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture while stirring until just combined. Flour a work surface and hands. Knead the dough about 8 times, until it forms a ragged ball. You’ll need to keep adding flour to prevent sticking, as the dough is quite sticky. Roll the dough into a 12 inch square. Fold it like a business letter by bringing the bottom 1/3 up and folding the top 1/3 down over the bottom. Next, grab the left side and fold inwards, folding the right side over the left to form a perfect 4 inch square. Place on a plate and put in the freezer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 F. Melt the one tablespoon of butter in a small bowl in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds. Layer a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Remove the dough from the freezer and roll into a 12 inch square again, keeping your work surface dusted in flour. Evenly scatter the berries among the square, pressing them into the dough gently. Now, tightly roll the dough away from you into a 12 inch long log. Gently flatten the top with the rolling pin, so it’s 4 inches high. Cut into 4 rectangles. Cut those in half diagonally. You should have 8 scone triangles. Transfer the dough triangles to the parchment paper lined baking sheet ensuring enough space between them for expansion. If they happen to be a bit wonky, reshape them as necessary. Coat with melted butter, then sprinkle well with sugar. Bake at 425 F for about 20 minutes until the tops are just barely golden. Cool on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes once done. Store in an airtight container.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 scones
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.
Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.

I adore Bailey's spotted mouth! We rang in Autumn, officially, with this Alaskan pumpkin porter on our playful walk. 

Produce On Parade - Cranberry & Mint Cream Scones - These flaky, mildly sweet, and deliciously creamy scones are filled with fresh mint and tart cranberries.

German Word of The Day

Scones --> Teegebäck (tea-geh-beck)

Good Deed of The Day

Beyond Meat is offering a free pallet of their brand new Beast Burgers to burger joints that agree to offer them. You can ask your local or national burger chain to serve them by tweeting #beastme at them! Pretty cool huh? It'd be great to see more (or any) vegan burger options around!