Mama Mia's Herb Blend

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Inspired by the great flavors of Italy, this blend features lavish amounts of garlic, garden herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper.  Bold and herbaceous, this seasoning makes a perfect addition to any of your Italian cooking.  

Uses:  Mix with crushed or strained tomatoes and simmer to make a delicious marinara sauce.  Works beautifully to season soup: chicken, tomato or vegetable.

Ingredients:  Garlic, unrefined sea salt, onion, Italian herb blend, sun-dried tomato, oregano, crushed red pepper, black pepper

Creamy Mushroom & Sausage Pasta

1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup hot water
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
½ lb button mushrooms, sliced
1¼ lbs hot or mild Italian sausage links cut into bite size pieces
2-3 TBS Mama Mia's Herb Blend
½ cup dry white wine
Reserved soaking liquid from porcini mushrooms
1 cup beef broth, low sodium
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ lb rigatoni pasta
1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Rinse porcini mushrooms and place in a medium bowl.  Add 1 cup hot water, cover and let stand until softened, about 20 minutes.  Drain, reserving soaking liquid.  Chop porcini.

Heat EVOO in a large saute pan over medium high heat.  Add onions and bell peppers, saute until tender about 5 minutes.  Add sausage to pan, increase heat to high and cook until no longer pink about 10 minutes.  Remove cooked sausage, onion, and peppers, set aside.  Add button mushrooms to the pan, cook and still until mushrooms begin to soften, about 8 minutes.  Add porcini mushrooms, wine and Mama Mia's Herb Blend, simmer until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently about 6 minutes.  Add reserved porcini soaking liquid to pan, leaving sediment behind.  Pour in beef broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce is syrupy, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes.  Add heavy cream and simmer until slightly thickened.  Taste and add more Mam Mia's Herb Blend if needed.  Add sausage and onions back in and warm thoroughly.  Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally.  Drain and add pasta to the pan with the sauce, then mix in the Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.