Maitake mushrooms are a meaty, earthy Japanese mushroom that keeps its beautiful, elegant shape even after cooking. It’s also called Hen of the Woods.
Warm Maitake Pasta with Citrus Soy Dressing
16 ounces Hokto Maitake Mushrooms, ends trimmed and separated (or other Japanese mushrooms of your choice)
1/2 pound dried pasta of your choice
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon minced fresh herbs of your choice (i.e. cilantro, parsley., green onion, chives)
For the dressing
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
11/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain.
2. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients except for the extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. Whisk for a few seconds, until all ingredients are combined. Then drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil and whisk briskly until emulsified.
3. Heat a fry pan or skillet over medium high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil and add the mushrooms. Cook for 2 minutes until the mushrooms have softened. Turn off heat, toss in the cooked pasta, citrus soy sauce, sesame seeds and the fresh herbs.