Mushrooms are everywhere nowadays, from pills and skincare to coffee and hot cocoa. While they are definitely rising in popularity, mushrooms are nothing new. In TCM the use of medicinal mushrooms dates back to the earliest medical texts. In the classic herbal text Shennong Bencaojing dating to 200 AD, the author lists 6 types of Reishi mushrooms in the superior class section for their incredible healing potential.
In particular, Mushrooms have been found to contain high amounts of glutathione and ergothioneine, two important antioxidants that can modulate the response of immune cells, thus boosting the immune system. According to Dr. Beelman (Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for Health), porcini mushrooms, in particular, contain the highest amount of antioxidants of any mushroom.
Try cooking this simple mushroom pasta recipe to enhance your immune system and fend off cold and flu season.
- 400 g pasta of your choice, fresh or dried
- 500 g of fresh wild porcini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup of vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves crushed and peeled
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan for serving
- Boil salted water for the pasta.
- Clean the mushrooms by removing the end of the stalk and brushing off any soil with a damp cloth.
- Slice mushrooms.
- Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a hot pan followed by the crushed garlic cloves.
- Once the garlic becomes aromatic, add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes until lightly brown.
- Deglaze with soy sauce and a bit of vegetable broth (or plant based cream).
- Reduce heat and continue to cook for another 10 minutes
- Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
- Add cooked pasta along with 1 cup of pasta cooking water to the pan.
- Mix everything together and sprinkle with vegan parmesan to serve.