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Whole-Grain Penne With Mushrooms and Herbs

Whole-Grain Penne With Mushrooms and Herbs 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Nourish Feb 18, 2015

Here, a mix of fresh mushrooms teams with dried porcinis to provide layers of savory, earthy flavors that pair perfectly with the slightly nutty, rustic texture of the whole-grain penne. Fresh herbs add flecks of color, aroma and a floral note, and a generous sprinkle of cheese seals the deal for a full-bodied, comforting winter meal.

Make Ahead: The dish can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat over low heat with a little added water or broth.


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Tested size: 6 servings

  • Water
  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, oyster, chanterelle and/or portobello, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup no-salt-added beef broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 12 ounces whole-grain dried penne
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


Boil a kettle of water.

Put the porcini mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with about 1 cup of boiling water. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, then drain, reserving the liquid. Chop the rehydrated mushrooms.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the fresh mushrooms; cook for about 10 minutes or until they have released their moisture.

Add the broth, the rehydrated, chopped porcinis and their soaking liquid, the thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Increase the heat to medium-high; once the liquid starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low; cook for 20 minutes, until the liquid has reduced to form a slightly thickened sauce.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add a generous pinch of salt, then the pasta. Cook according to the package directions. Drain.

Return the pasta to the pot; add the mushroom sauce and the 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano, tossing to incorporate. Taste, and season with more salt and/or pepper as needed.

Divide among individual wide, shallow bowls. Garnish with parsley and more cheese.

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From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Nilar Andrea Chit Tun.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 320

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 10g 15%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 290mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates: 49g 16%

Dietary Fiber: 8g 32%

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 13g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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