Shiitake Mushroom & Basil Penne Recipe


… that shiitake mushrooms are high in a nutrient called "lentinan"? Recent studies have shown this nutrient helps the immune system fight off different kinds of infection, including the flu.

SHARE, INC. neighbor and volunteer, Gilda Perez, approaches health care with a holistic philosophy. She blends her experience in Western and Eastern medicine to create a complementary approach to promote balance and strengthen the body and mind, so they are better able to heal themselves. 

Try this high fiber, low sodium, eco-friendly vegetarian Shitake Mushroom & Basile Penne!


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (1½ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat Penne
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil, divided
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)



  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil for cooking pasta.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, according to package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup cooking liquid.

Add the pasta, the reserved cooking liquid, Parmesan and ¼ cup basil to the mushrooms in the skillet; toss to coat well. Serve immediately, garnished with remaining basil