Instead of cooking a tomato sauce, you can prepare this recipe with the tasty liquid that you get when you soak the porcini mushrooms.

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Ingredients for 4 servings

– 500g tortellini with cheese

– 150-200g dried porcini mushrooms

– 2 gloves of garlic

– 200g blue cheese

– 100g ground walnuts

– 10-15 basil leaves

– salt, pepper, olive oil

 

1.

Start by soaking the dry porcini in a bowl for at least 5 minutes. The mushrooms will colour the water brown. Don’t throw away that water.

 

2.

Start boiling the pasta in salted water.

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3.

Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the finely chopped garlic cloves and then the mushrooms. When the garlic turns more transparent, add some of the water where the porcini soaked in.

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4.

2-3 minutes before the tortellini are done, add the blue cheese and let it melt into the sauce.

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5.

The cheese will seem to disappear but it actually blends in very nicely.

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6.

Coarsely grind the walnuts and add them into the sauce.

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7.

Add the basil leaves just before draining the pasta.

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8.

Add the tortellini into the saucepan and stir. Your dish is ready and you really don’t have to serve with more cheese.

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Here is a video version of this recipe:

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