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The Cottage Midsummer 2003
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Spinach and Whole-Wheat Fettuccine with Wild Mushrooms and Cheese

Magickal Ingredients Include :
MUSHROOMS Moon Earth Psychic awareness
WHITE WINE Moon Fire Celebration, Joy
CHEESE Saturn Earth Joy, Health, Things coming to fruition
SPINACH PASTA Jupiter Earth Prosperity, Money
WHOLE-WHEAT PASTA Venus Earth Prosperity, Money
OLIVE OIL Sun Air Spirituality, Health, Peace, Sex

1/2 Cup (120 ml) Dried Mushrooms, such as Cepes, Morels, Shiitake, or a Combination

3/4 Cup (180 ml) White Wine

1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Butter

1 Cup (250 ml) Sliced Fresh Mushrooms (3-4 Ounces; 75-100 gm)

1 Clove Garlic, Minced or Put Through a Press

1/4 Teaspoon (1.25 ml) Dried Thyme

1/2 Pound (225 gm) Mozzarella Cheese, Diced

1 Cup (250 ml) Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley

1 Cup (250 ml) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

3/4 to 1 Pound (350-450 gm) Fettuccine, Preferably a Combination of Spinach and Whole-Wheat

1/4 Cup (60 ml) Olive oil, Plus oil for the pot

Freshly Ground Pepper

Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 15 to 30 minutes, until soft. Drain and rinse thoroughly, to remove all the grit. Place in a bowl and pour in 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the white wine. Soak while you prepare the remaining ingredients, or for about 15 minutes.

Heat the butter in a heavy-bottomed skillet and saute the fresh mushrooms until they begin to get tender. Add the garlic, remaining 1/4 cup wine, and thyme and continue to cook until the wine has evaporated. Remove from heat and place the cooked mushrooms in a large bowl. Drain the dried mushrooms, slice, and add to the cooked mushrooms. Mix in the mozzarella, parsley and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Have a warmed serving dish ready. Add salt and a little oil to the water and cook the pasta al dente. Spoon into the serving dish, toss with the olive oil and add the mushroom mixture. Toss, adding freshly ground black pepper to taste, and serve at once. Pass the remaining Parmesan in a bowl

Serves 4