Vegetarian (or not) Spicy Sausage & Mushroom Spaghetti - Gangnam Style


Sock-It-To-Me Vegetarian (or not) Spicy Sausage & Mushroom Pasta - Gangnam Style


2 shallots - diced - (or a second onion if you have no shallots)
1 sm onion - diced
1 large tomato - diced (reserve half for garnish)
6 garlic cloves - diced
15 mushrooms - sliced
2 TBS soy sauce
3 TBS Gochujang Korean paste (more or less - according to your taste)
Sesame oil - as garnish
3 TBS sesame seeds
16 oz or more of arrabiatta or other spiced tomato sauce
olive oil
1 package Gimme Lean veggie sausage or equivalent amount of real sausage
1 lb pasta - I used spaghetti
Parsley or chives - chopped as garnish
Grated cheese as garnish


Heat some olive oil in a frying pan & saute the onions, shallots & garlic until the onions start to brown.  Add the mushrooms & saute until the mushrooms begin to sear & turn brown.  Remove from pan & set aside.

Add more olive oil to the pan & saute the sausage (use more oil for veggie - way less for real meat) until it begins to brown (or in the case of real meat - until it is cooked thoroughly).  Add the mushroom mixture to the sausage & stir.  Add the tomato sauce, some of the chopped tomato (reserving half for garnish), gochujang and soy sauce & simmer over low heat for 30 minutes so flavors can blend.  I added probably a cup of water to thin this sauce to a consistency I liked.  Add water at your own discretion.

Meanwhile - in a dry frying pan - toast the sesame seeds until just golden.  Remove from heat.

Cook the pasta to your liking.  Drain.  Toss with about 1/2 of the mushroom & sausage tomato sauce.  Arrange servings on plates & top with more sauce, chopped tomato, toasted sesame seeds & chopped parsley or chives.  Drizzle a tiny amount of sesame oil on top, add some grated cheese & serve.