Gluten-Free Penne w/Mushroom Sauce

Being allergic to gluten shouldn't mean that you miss out on warm, hearty meals! This gluten-free recipe comes to you courtesy of Clean Eating magazine.


1 oz dried wild mushrooms
1 cup boiling water
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 (8 oz) package sliced mushrooms
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese *
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg yolk
1 tsp kosher salt
1 (16 oz) package brown rice or high-protein penne pasta
* if you're lactose intolerant, experiment with soy ricotta cheese


Place dried wild mushrooms in a medium bowl. Pour boiling water over them and let rehydrate for 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms and liquid into a measuring cup; set both wild mushrooms and liquid aside (there should be just over 3/4 cup liquid in the measuring cup).
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Sauté sliced mushrooms with thyme and garlic until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add reserved wild mushrooms; cook for 2 or 3 more minutes.
While the mushrooms are cooking, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg yolk, salt and 3/4 cup of the reserved wild mushroom liquid in a blender; purée.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne according to the package directions; drain and set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water to thin the sauce, if necessary.
Reduce the mushroom mixture to medium-low heat and slowly stir in the cheese mixture. Stir continuously for 5 to 7 minutes until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon; remove from heat. Stir in cooked penne, adding some of the reserved pasta water if the sauce gets too thick, and serve.

5 servings

30 minutes

30 minutes

Calories: 363
Total Fat: 3 g
Sat. Fat: 1 g
Carbs: 75 g
Fiber: 11 g
Protein: 18 g
Sugars: 4 g
Sodium: 271 mg
Cholesterol: 44 mg