We love pasta around here. Are you a pasta fan? I usually like to have pasta night for one of our weekly dinners. I always have all kinds of pasta in the pantry for whenever a pasta craving occurs. My newest pasta recipe to add to my pasta night collection is this earthy Vegan Mushroom Penne Pasta. To keep this pasta gluten-free I used the brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s.
This pasta is full of mushroom goodness. Mushrooms are one of my favorites and really shine in this easy and simple pasta sauce. Mushrooms make up the bulk of the sauce while a little non-dairy milk creates a creamy element to the sauce. For a cheesy element, a little bit of nutritional yeast is added to the sauce. If nutritional yeast isn’t something that you typically use in your recipes, I highly recommend giving it a try. It has this magical quality to add a cheesy flavor to a recipe without adding any cheese!
To enhance the natural earthiness of the mushroom, fresh thyme adds another layer of earthiness to the sauce. I find that when using gluten-free pasta, the sauce has a tendency will thicken up as the pasta sits if you aren’t serving this right away. If this happens and you want a more liquidly sauce, simply add in a splash of veggie stock. If you have no problems with gluten, feel free to use your favorite kind of penne pasta.
This Vegan Mushroom Penne Pasta is a must for any mushroom lover out there. It is earthy, comforting, and a very satisfying vegan dinner option for pasta night. It comes together fairly quickly; perfect for a weeknight meal! Let me know if you make the recipe by leaving a comment or tagging me on Instagram using #thymeandlove!
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray.