Last weekend, our neighborhood held its annual Halloween party. Letters with details of the event were distributed ahead of time and our assigned contribution to the pot luck affair was spaghetti. I had been experimenting a lot with mushrooms and, after the very successful linguine with tomato-sour cream mushroom sauce, I decided to prepare a mushroom-based sauce for the Halloween party. But since most Filipinos are unfamiliar with anything other than the ground meat-tomato pasta sauce, I thought it wiser to make the sauce a combination of mushrooms and ground meat. I set aside a bowl of spaghetti for Alex and, watching her devour it, I knew that everyone at the party would enjoy it too.
I used shiitake mushrooms for the sauce which, for me, is one of the most flavorful varieties of mushroom. If you prefer something with a milder flavor and aroma, use oyster mushrooms or whatever your preference is.
The amount of ingredients given below should yield enough for ten people IF the spaghetti dish is only one of many main dishes to be served. If it is the only main dish, the yield would be good for six to seven people depending, of course, on how much each person can consume. [Read More...]