Pasta in Red Wine Mushroom-Tomato Sauce with Swiss Chard

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There’s nothing like a hearty red sauce on a rainy day. When I was growing up my mom always used to make big batches of red sauce on rainy days (which weren’t often because I grew up in San Diego). I remember coming home to the smell of a full-bodied pasta sauce that had been simmering all day. It was like her version of baking cookies.

  • 1 can tomatoes (diced ideally)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 10 crimini mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 pats butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • pasta (to serve four)
  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (plus more for grating)
  • 1/4 cup saucisson (dried sausage) or prosciutto
  1. melt butter in large pot with olive oil over medium low heat
  2. mince garlic and slice shallot, add to the pot
  3.  slice mushrooms and add to the pot when shallots are browned
  4. add the wine and let simmer until mushrooms turn dark brown
  5. dice saucisson into small pieces and grate parmesan, add to the sauce
  6. add tomatoes, cover and let cook down, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes
  7. cook pasta according to directions
  8. in a medium sized pot steam swiss chard briefly, then drain and add to the sauce, grate parmesan and add to sauce then add pasta into the pot, serve with crusty bread and more parm and red wine


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