Vegan Pasta Con Funghi

pasta con funghi

Lately I’ve been working on veganizing another family recipe. Like many of my favorite dishes, stuffed peppers included, it’s one that frequented the dinner table when I was growing up, and it’s one that my mom learned how to make from her mom, my nonna.

The dish is called “Pasta con Funghi” which literally means “pasta with mushrooms.” And although I have always considered mushrooms to be the star of the dish, it is equally laden with two other ingredients: onions and ground beef. It also relies on a base of Campbell’s onion soup to achieve its flavor. Between replacing the beef and the soup (which contains beef stock), I knew it would be a little tricky to replicate the dish to my satisfaction.

Substituting soy crumbles for the ground beef in this dish was the easy part. The soup, not so much. First I tried using this onion soup base, which I ordered from Amazon. It didn’t taste quite right – it was a little too oniony and not salty enough. Next I tried using vegan “not-beef” bouillon cubes to make the base. I liked the taste better this time (mmm, salty) but this time it was not oniony enough. On my next attempt, I tried a combination of the two bases, and voilà!

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RECIPE: Vegan Pasta con Funghi

CategoryDinner, Veganized Family RecipesDifficultyBeginner

Although the name means "pasta with mushrooms," this dish is not complete without sweet vidalia onions, chewy "beefy" crumbles, and a rich onion soup base.

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr

 3 tbsp olive oil
 1 tbsp vegan butter (ex. Earth Balance)
 2 medium-sized Vidalia onions, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
 garlic, minced
 16 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
 12 oz crumbles (ex. Lightlife Smart Ground)
 4 tsp onion soup base
 8 cups water (this makes the dish very soupy - use less if that doesn't sound good to you!)
 2 cubes of "not-beef" bouillon
 1 lb small or medium shells
 salt & pepper to taste
 vegan Parmesan (ex. Violife), grated

1

Sauté onions in olive oil and vegan butter until they are translucent.

2

Add mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add garlic and sauté briefly so it begins to cook but does not burn.

3

Add water and bring to a boil before adding onion soup base and "not-beef" bouillon to the pot. Allow everything to simmer together for 10-15 minutes. In a separate pot, boil the water for your pasta and cook it according to the directions on the box.

4

After the onions, mushrooms, and broth have simmered together long enough, add crumbles and simmer for another 2-3 minutes so that everything is heated evenly.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5

Stir in cooked pasta shells and serve topped with vegan parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

 3 tbsp olive oil
 1 tbsp vegan butter (ex. Earth Balance)
 2 medium-sized Vidalia onions, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
 garlic, minced
 16 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
 12 oz crumbles (ex. Lightlife Smart Ground)
 4 tsp onion soup base
 8 cups water (this makes the dish very soupy - use less if that doesn't sound good to you!)
 2 cubes of "not-beef" bouillon
 1 lb small or medium shells
 salt & pepper to taste
 vegan Parmesan (ex. Violife), grated

Directions

1

Sauté onions in olive oil and vegan butter until they are translucent.

2

Add mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add garlic and sauté briefly so it begins to cook but does not burn.

3

Add water and bring to a boil before adding onion soup base and "not-beef" bouillon to the pot. Allow everything to simmer together for 10-15 minutes. In a separate pot, boil the water for your pasta and cook it according to the directions on the box.

4

After the onions, mushrooms, and broth have simmered together long enough, add crumbles and simmer for another 2-3 minutes so that everything is heated evenly.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5

Stir in cooked pasta shells and serve topped with vegan parmesan cheese.

Vegan Pasta Con Funghi

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2 Comments

  1. Lidia
    November 25, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Loved it!

  2. Lidia
    November 25, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Hope you invite me over when you make it again🤗

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