Monday, October 15, 2012

Mushroom Marinara with Penne

Mushroom Marinara with Penne

I love my husband.  So I am giving all of the credit for this Mushroom Marinara recipe to him.  If the truth is told, I had the idea in my head several weeks ago.  But Paul, being the brilliant recipe creator that he is, one night last week when I asked him what he wanted for dinner, he said “spaghetti sounds good, how about mushroom marinara!”

Even though I had already thought of it, he insisted that he was the genius behind this recipe.  So, in case he asks you, just go ahead and tell him I gave him all of the credit.  If he must take it, I guess I can give it up.  But seriously, this mushroom marinara sauce is truly amazing.  You won’t believe how hearty and filling it is – and it’s completely meatless.  It’s amazingly simple and so full of flavor.  You might even have all of the ingredients on hand already!

So let’s talk mushrooms for a minute: did you know what kind of superfood these things are?  I didn’t until Erin contacted me about helping to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  She wanted to dedicate this week to pink and/or cancer-fighting foods.  So I started doing research and found out that mushrooms are hugely powerful – they are full of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and boost immune system function.  Let me tell you – I am so thankful that I love these babies and fully intend to eat more mushrooms!

Breast cancer is something that has or has had an effect on almost everyone and this is a great opportunity to raise awareness, support research and learn how to take care of our bodies, especially through the foods we eat.  Will you join us?

Mushroom Marinara with Penne

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Mushroom Marinara with Penne Recipe

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25

A hearty recipe for a meatless mushroom marinara sauce. Simple, healthy and full of classic marinara flavor!


16 ounces penne
3 tsp. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes (or 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes)
1/4 cup your favorite red wine
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. granulated sugar
Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente.

While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic with a small pinch of salt and pepper and stir. Cook for 5-6 minutes until soft and fragrant. Add the mushrooms, thyme, basil, oregano and black pepper and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook, 5-6 more minutes until the tomatoes break down and the mushrooms are very tender.

Slowly pour in the wine and stir frequently until most of the liquid is evaporated. Add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, chili powder and granulated sugar and stir well. Adjust the salt and pepper as necessary.

Cover the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

Serve over the cooked penne.

Cassie's Notes:
Feel free to use any mushrooms you have on hand - or a combination of your favorites. Baby Portobellos are our favorite and we always have them on hand. I think this would be fabulous with a mix of wild mushrooms!

Mushroom Marinara with Penne


47 Responses to “Mushroom Marinara with Penne”

  1. #
    Liz — October 15, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    I’d pass out if my hubby ever suggested any mushroom based dish, but I’d happily eat his share! Your mushroom marinara looks incredible, Cassie…and who knew mushrooms had such magical powers! Thanks for helping organize this week of Breast Cancer Awareness 🙂

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    Rachel Cooks — October 15, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    This looks fantastic! Wish I could get my husband to EAT more meatless meals–much less suggest them!! I’m impressed!

  3. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 15, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Mushrooms govern my life.

  4. #
    Kathryn — October 15, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Such a great veggie meal!

  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 15, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    I heart baby portobellas! YUM

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 15, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    I love mushrooms but my husband doesn’t :/ so I’m happily putting this one aside to make when my he’s hunting! Great post Cassie!

  7. #
    Emily — October 15, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    I love a good mushroom sauce! Sophie’s been digging mushrooms lately too, so I might just give this a try. GORGEOUS photos!

  8. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 15, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Ahhhhh, pasta! I could eat this everyday. 🙂

  9. #
    carrian — October 15, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I love pasta. It’s so easy, but delicious. Plus I totally love that dish! So pretty! I had no idea that mushrooms were such a total powerhouse. I have breast cancer down both sides of my family so I’d better take a mental note of the mushrooms.

  10. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — October 15, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I love this idea!!! (and that it was yours and hubbys) at least you’re on the same page, right!? 😉

  11. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — October 15, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    This looks great! And I love it when my husband thinks he has the best recipes for my blog… gotta love those men!

  12. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 15, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Your pasta looks amazing!! I love mushrooms, and this is awesome!
    Thanks for joining me this week!

  13. #
    Shari-Tickled Red — October 15, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I just adore mushrooms! Especially in my marinara but unfortunately I usually only get to make it for me and little man. The big guys in my house don’t like mushrooms…crazy I know! Can’t wait to try your “hubbies” recipe 😀

  14. #
    Mary — October 15, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Thank you for this recipe. My husband loves mushrooms—–this will be dinner tonight!

  15. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 15, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Love this easy, elegant marinara! Your photography is so gorgeous, too! Great recipe, Cassie.

  16. #
    Shaina — October 15, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    What a gorgeous marinara. My husband always wants meat sauce, but I love the idea of substituting mushrooms instead. This looks hearty enough for him without the meat.

  17. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 15, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    My kind of every day meal! Looks delish!

  18. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 15, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    I love that you use your platform to raise awareness for such great causes. We all know how to check for breast cancer, but learning what foods we can cook for ourselves and our families (and for me, my daughter) is an amazing part of raising awareness. If we could all eat a lot less processed foods as a nation, and a lot more cancer fighting produce, we might be able to reduce the amount of cancer we have as a society.

  19. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 15, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Love the white serving bowl..such a perfect bowl for this dish.

    And love that you’ve partnered up for such a great cause. I love mushrooms but didn’t know all that about them!

  20. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 15, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Looks delicious! I wonder if I could trick my kids into eating it – they’re anti-mushroom. 🙁

  21. #
    Angie — October 15, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    What a gorgeous marinara sauce. Mushrooms are a perfect addition!

  22. #
    Nicole @ Lapetitebaker — October 15, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I always need a another marina sauce recipe. The addition of mushrooms are a great idea!

  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 15, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    I love mushrooms in anything, your marinara looks amazing! Plus you added red wine, the only essential to a delicious sauce! 🙂

  24. #
    Tracey — October 15, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    Mushrooms are one of those foods I simple cannot get enough of! This sounds amazing, but sadly my husband is anti-mushroom so I’ll have to wait until he’s not around for this baby 🙂

  25. #
    Aggie — October 15, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I am all over this one. I love mushrooms, even more so in a sauce like this. Now I want this for dinner 🙂

  26. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 15, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Your husband is a genius! I could eat this everyday!

  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 15, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Mushroom marinara? Your husband is such a genius! And both you and Erin are so amazing to be doing this for breast cancer awareness month.

  28. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — October 15, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Love that you and Erin put this awesome week of awareness together. And this dish is totally making my pregnant belly hungry!!

  29. #
    Courtney — October 15, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Looks great! I adore me some mushrooms and this is perfect for my vegan eating month!

  30. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 15, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    what a great looking pasta – i wish i could have a bowl right now! even greater cause that this is raising awareness for, ladies! 🙂

  31. #
    Vicki Bensinger — October 15, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    That looks delicious I think I can even see the steam coming off of it. I love thick sauces like this. I could eat it plain, who needs the pasta!

  32. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 15, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    What a good husband and what a GREAT recipe. I’ll take a full bowl, STAT!

  33. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — October 15, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    i love mushrooms. this marinara sauce sounds amazing!

  34. #
    Diane (createdbydiane) — October 15, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    mmmm… delicious, my husband would love this most of all he LOVES mushrooms in his sauce.

  35. #
    Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama — October 16, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    Your such a great wife! I would never let my hubs snag the credit for a dish that looks this good 😉

  36. #
    Kristina — October 16, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Delicious pink meal! I saw a mushroom bolognese recipe a while back and I’ve been wanting to try one out so bad, yours looks so good! And you are too sweet for giving your hubs all the credit, I don’t think I would have been so nice…. 🙂

  37. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — October 16, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Beautiful, Cassie. So warm and delicious!

  38. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — October 16, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    Mmm mushroom marinara sounds amazing! I can imagine how almost meaty it tastes from all the mushrooms!

  39. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — October 17, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I love this cancer-fighting pasta dish Cassie! And how sweet of you to give your hubs the credit. Sounds like a yummy dinner 🙂

  40. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 17, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    This looks so comforting and I love mushrooms! Great idea.

  41. #
    Suzi — October 18, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I love this meatless pasta dish. This is giving me ideas for dinner tonight especially with all those mushrooms. Looks fantastic.

  42. #
    Mushrooms Canada — October 18, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Now that’s a marinara sauce! Look at all those yummy mushrooms… *drool* Thanks for sharing the photo and for representing a great cause!


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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 18, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    I don’t even like mushrooms but this looks amazing. And after reading about mushrooms, I wish I did like them! And I wish I had known about this week! There’s a huge history of breast cancer on my mother’s side of the family. I feel like I’m doomed. 🙁 So I think it’s great that you all are doing this!

  44. #
    Donna@NothingChocolate — October 29, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Penne pasta (or any pasta), mmmmmmmm, my favorite beyond favorite of comfort foods! And mushrooms to boot! Looks spicy good!

  45. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — November 6, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    I am nothing if not a mushroom lover and what a way to raise awareness and eat healthily. Especially given my best friend is having a masectomy today and my other BF was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ll raise a noodle to the cause.

  46. #
    Springer Mama — September 27, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

    Nutritional info??


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