A stew featuring dried shitake mushrooms, leeks and carrots can be paired with pasta or rice. (Courtesy of Brad Wolf)

Kitchen Kush: Three mushroom stew with pasta (recipe)

The earthy mushrooms and their perfumed broth pair well with a whole wheat or whole grain pasta or rice. There is a depth of flavor that has hints of rosemary along with the subtle and fantastic flavor of the sautéed leeks and carrots.

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Three mushroom stew

Serves 4-6

½ oz. dried shitake mushrooms

4-6 tablespoons canna-olive oil, if more oil is needed use unmedicated!

2 leeks, rinsed and chopped, do not use tough green tops

2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

2 lbs. assorted mushrooms, cut in uniform sizes

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

16 oz. pasta, any shape


1. In a small bowl combine the dried mushrooms with 1 cup of hot water. Allow to sit for 20 minutes.

2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Sauté the leeks and the carrots until cooked and tender, 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Place in a bowl. Add the fresh mushrooms to the pan and cook until the moisture from the mushrooms is released, 8-10 minutes. Add the rosemary and the salt and return the vegetables to the pan along with the mushrooms and their liquid.

3. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.

4. Divide the cooked pasta between the 6 plates. Place the vegetable mixture on top of each serving of pasta. Keep warm.