Close up look of Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce with a side of steamed vegetables in the Aromatic Ground Pork with Shiitake Mushrooms recipe
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Kari's Shiitake Mushroom Meat Sauce

This comfort food envelopes you in warm, fuzzy feelings. This recipe can be doubled or tripled for batch cooking to leave extras for freezing. It's versatile -- substitute any ground meat and serve with vegetables, noodles, toast, or soup.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 10 ingredients or less, 5-minute recipe, batch-cooking, comfort, gluten-free, salad, stir-fry
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Anna Rider
Cost: $18

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground Meat Bison, pork, beef, chicken, turkey, lamb all work
  • 4 cups Shiitake Mushrooms Dried or fresh. If dried, use 2 big handfuls.
  • 1 brick Tofu Optional

Aromatics

Seasonings

Instructions

Prepare ingredients

  • Slice and chop the green onions.
    Overhead view of chopped green onions for the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce recipe
  • Crush and peel the garlic cloves. Chop the garlic into rough pieces.
    Overhead view of chopped garlic for the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce recipe
  • Wash and roughly chop the shiitake mushrooms.
    Overhead view of chopped shiitake mushrooms for the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce recipe

Cook the ground meat

  • Put your big soup pot over high heat on the stove. Add canola oil into the soup pot.
    Overhead view of Anna's hand pouring canola oil into a pot of the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce
  • Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the chopped green onion and garlic. Stir fry the aromatics for 30 seconds.
    Overhead view of canola oil with chopped green onion and garlic in a pot as the starting point of Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce
  • Add the ground meat into the soup pot. Break up the ground meat into big chunks.
    Overhead view of ground meat added to the chopped green onion and garlic in a pot for cooking Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce
  • Pour both the dark and light soy sauce into the ground meat.
    Overhead view of Anna's hand pouring soy sauce into a pot of the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce
  • Stir the soy sauce into the meat until evenly blended. Lower the heat to medium-high. Cook the ground meat until there is only a touch of pink left, about 5 minutes.
    Overhead view of spoon mixing soy sauce into ground meat in the pot of Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce while meat is cooking
  • While cooking the meat, use the back of the spoon to squish any chunks of meat to break up each clump of meat. Taste the meat to determine if the dish is salty enough.
    Overhead view of spoon breaking up chunks of ground meat in the pot of Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce while meat is cooking

Cook the mushrooms

  • Add the chopped shiitake mushrooms.
    Overhead view of chopped shiitake mushrooms poured into a pot of the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce while cooking
  • If the meat sauce isn't salty enough yet, add the extra salt. Stir in the salt and allow the mushrooms to cook and release their water.
    Overhead view of Anna's hand pouring salt into a pot of the Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce
  • Optional: crumble tofu into the dish to stretch the meat and add protein. If you're omitting the tofu, then skip this step. If cooking the tofu, stir the crumbled tofu into the dish until well mixed.
    Overhead view of Anna's hand crumbling a brick of tofu in the Aromatic Ground Pork with Shiitake Mushrooms recipe
  • Cook until the meat is fully cooked. There should be no pink or red left.
    Overhead view of finished Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce with tofu the Aromatic Ground Pork with Shiitake Mushrooms recipe
  • Enjoy your aromatic meat sauce with shiitake mushroom!
    Close up look of Kari's Welcome Home Meat Sauce with a side of steamed vegetables in the Aromatic Ground Pork with Shiitake Mushrooms recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg