Active Time
1 HR
Total Time
2 HR 30 MIN
Serves : 4
© Con Poulos

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small bowl, cover the porcini with 1 cup of boiling water; soak until softened, about 30 minutes. Finely chop the porcini, discarding any tough bits. Pour off and reserve 1/2 cup of the soaking liquid.

Step 2    

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and carrots and cook over moderate heat until light golden, about 8 minutes. Add the eggplant and 2 tablespoons of the oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 minutes. Stir in the cremini, shiitake, chopped porcini and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste and miso and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chunk of cheese, the tomatoes and their juices, the thyme, sugar and reserved mushroom soaking liquid and bring to a simmer.

Step 3    

Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is very thick, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig; season the sauce with salt and pepper. 

Step 4    

In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

Step 5    

Add the pasta, pasta water and parsley to the sauce; toss to coat. Serve in bowls, topped with grated cheese.

Make Ahead

The mushroom Bolognese can be refrigerated for 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Wine: Earthy, red currant-fruited Nebbiolo.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 2

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Lars Johnson

Review Body: Not a fan of bologna but I would give this a try.

Review Rating:

Date Published: 2017-03-06

Author Name: figgypudding15

Review Body: Delicious!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-04-14

Author Name: Karen4711

Review Body: Absolutely amazing (and I don't really like mushrooms!). It is flavorful, toothsome and all around delicious. I made it for our anniversary, and we are having it again for my birthday... that's how good it is! Easy to prepare, and leftovers store well too!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-14

Author Name: Eolo

Review Body: This looks fantastic...but a quick point of information if you're looking to go strict vegetarian...true Parmigiano -Reggianao is exclusively made with calf rennet and is therefore not vegetarian, so if that's an issue look for a Parmesan-style cheese made with vegetarian rennet. Will definitely give this a try this Lent!

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Date Published: 2017-03-12