Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Penne with Porcini Cream Sauce

Who says you can't live a low carb lifestyle and still have pasta? Atkins makes a low carb pasta and so do a few other brands. Granted Atkins recommends this for the maintenance phase, but you decide. Of course, you could make this with regular pasta too. Enjoy.




    Cover porcini with boiling water. Let sit 30 minutes.
    Meanwhile, in a large skillet over moderate heat, melt butter in olive oil. 
    Add white  mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 
    Cook until almost dry and mushrooms are tender, about 30 minutes.
    Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
    While pasta is cooking, finish sauce:
     Remove porcini mushrooms from soaking liquid;  rinse, chop and add to skillet. 
    Place a coffee filter in a small strainer and pour mushroom soaking liquid through it.
     Add strained liquid to skillet.
    Cook mushroom mixture over high heat until mostly evaporated but still saucy, 
    about 5 minutes.
     Stir in sour cream, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 
    paprika and parsley.
     Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

    Toss with pasta and mushrooms, serve immediately.

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