Black Trumpets that is… found these delicious little guys in a secret place near some trees by a road in the woods around the way. You didn’t think I was going to really tell you where I found them did you? If you haven’t eaten black trumpet mushrooms (AKA: horn of plenty mushrooms) you don’t know what your missing! I’m the first to admit that they don’t exactly look all that appetizing but once you start to cook them and get the first aroma from these mushrooms, you’ll be hooked. They are on the top of the list for many mushroom hunters and chefs alike and have a wonderful aromatic, buttery and nutty flavor that goes very well with pasta dishes. Perfect for me since I LOVE mushrooms and I LOVE pasta!
The beauty of the black trumpet is that it doesn’t have any poisonous look alikes, which is great for first time mushroom hunters (but as always, if you don’t feel comfortable with what you find, don’t eat it!)
Here’s a delicious black trumpet pasta recipe if you’re lucky enough to find these little treasures.
What you’ll need:
- Fresh Black Trumpet Mushrooms chopped
- Pasta ( I used gramigna)
- 2-3 fresh cloves of minced garlic
- 1/2 of a small onion diced
- ground sausage meat (1/2 pound more or less)
- 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup of half&half or heavy cream
- salt & pepper
- grated parmigiano cheese
What you’ll need to do:
Start by simmering your garlic (which I got from my garlic supplier, Chef Chuck thanks Chuck!) and onions in some olive oil until the onions start becoming transparent. Then add your sausage meat. I used the meat from 4 sausage links that I had left over from a bbq and simply removed the meat from the casings. Break the sausage meat into small pieces as you stir and let it cook until the sausage is almost completely cooked through. Then add your black trumpets and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes. When you’re ready to drop your pasta into the water (in a separate pot of course) add the half&half and salt & pepper to the sausage and black trumpets. Let it simmer until your pasta is done cooking. Drain your pasta and combine. Top with grated parmigiano. Enjoy and buon appetito!