Porcini Mushroom Sauce with Cream
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to create a dried porcini mushroom sauce recipe for pasta with a robust, earthy flavor. We found that a soak of 20 minutes in hot tap water was enough to soften the mushrooms for our porcini sauce recipe, and five or 10 minutes more did no harm. But perhaps more important than soaking was straining. Dried porcini are often packaged with foreign matter. Lifting the mushrooms from the soaking liquid with a fork helped keep the grit in the bowl. We didn’t discard the leftover liquid, instead pouring it through a small mesh strainer lined with a single paper towel before using it to flavor our sauce.