Spicy Tomato and Mushroom Sauce

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This is one of my favorite dishes.  It is a very simple dish without a lot of ingredients.  In my opinion simpler is often better.  A simple dish allows the flavors of the main ingredients to shine and in this case it is tomatoes, mushrooms, chili peppers, and garlic.  This rustic meal is one of the most flavorful I have ever cooked.  I hope you will give this recipe a try, and if you do please give me some feedback.  If you change anything up I would love to know that too.  I am all for improving any of my recipes.

8 – 10 Vine Tomatoes

16oz of your favorite mushrooms (feel free to use several different types of mushrooms)

4 – 6 Cloves of garlic

2tbs olive oil

2 cups of your favorite pasta (I would recommend linguini or spaghetti)

1 – 2 Cups of unsalted pasta water

2 Chili peppers

Basil

Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Roughly chop the tomatoes and mushrooms.  Slice the garlic as thinly as you can.  Mince the 2 chili peppers.  Be sure to have the pasta water coming to a boil while you are chopping, slicing and mincing.  Once you have everything chopped put the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  When the oil is shimmering place in your garlic and chilies and sweat them for a couple of minutes.  Just long enough to infuse the oil with the garlic and chili flavors.  Place all of the tomatoes into the pan at this point.

Place the pasta in the water as soon as it comes to a boil.  After a few minutes remove about 2 cups of the pasta water and reserve it for later use.  Salt the pasta water after you take your two cups out.

Once the tomatoes begin to break down place the mushrooms in the pan and stir occasionally until the tomatoes completely break down.  Place enough pasta water in the tomato sauce until it is the consistency you like.  Add the basil and simmer for a few more minutes.

Place your al dente pasta in a serving bowl, cover with sauce, top with parmesan cheese if you like and let the flavors explode in your mouth.

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