lazy mushroom bites and leftover pasta

This is a truly easy recipe… It is a very good idea if you are having people over and you are running out of
time, but you still want to make something for them instead of the regular pizza or chips.

I try to use everything I’ve got in my kitchen and not throw away food, so this post is actually two recipes.
You can use whatever mushrooms you like. You can have large mushroom bites with the portobello kind, or smaller ones with whatever you find at your local store (always fresh of course).
For the mushroom filling you will have to make a tomato sauce, for which you will need
1 red onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tin of tomato paste
5 slices of cheese
3 tbsp olive oil
Heat a pan and add the olive oil. Meanwhile chop the onion and the garlic and add them to your pan, when it’s hot. The moment you see the onion losing its color and the garlic getting goldish add the tomato paste and cook in low heat for about 25 minutes. In the last minutes you can add oregano or, even better, thyme.
While your tomato sauce is getting ready wash your mushrooms really well and remove their base by hand. Don’t throw it away, as you will need it for recipe #2.
When your tomato sauce is done, lay the mushrooms in a large pan upside down and fill them with the sauce. Then cover them with thin slices of cheese (any kind) or sprinkle grated cheese over them.

Bake until the cheese becomes golden brown and serve warm.

Now, with the rest of your ingredients, which are the tomato sauce (clearly you haven’t used all of it, unless you are filling 2 dozens of mushrooms) and the base of the mushrooms you can make a lovely mushroom pasta, add some spearmint leaves on it when its done and voila! You have a lovely, light dish to indulge in, while waiting for your guests!


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