Penne with Wild Mushrooms, Lemon Scented Ricotta & Thyme

Recipe Summary

Recipe Servings: 4 portions
Recipe Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Cook Time: 10 minutes


8 oz Delverde® Penne Rigate
2 pounds of wild mushrooms (portabello, cremini & oyster mushrooms)
1 container of freshly made ricotta (cow or sheeps milk is fine)
1 lemon
1 tbsp plus more to taste of Parmigiano
fresh thyme
2 tbsp Lucini® Robust Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Lucini® Organic Limited Reserve® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Using a damp cloth remove any excess dirt from mushrooms. Slice into quarter of an inch slices and place onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with Lucini Robust Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and tender. You may want to toss the mushrooms once through out the roasting process.


Meanwhile bring a pot of water to a boil. Season water with salt and cook penne for 13 minutes or until al dente.


In a small bowl add one and half cups of fresh ricotta cheese. Add the zest of one lemon and about a tablespoon of finely grated Parmigiano cheese. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle a tablespoons of olive oil into the ricotta. Mix well and taste, adjust seasoning if necessary.


Once pasta is cooked, drain and return to pan. Add in the ricotta cheese and mix till coated. Serve the penne with wild mushrooms on top, fresh thyme leaves, freshly grated Parmigiano and a drizzle of olive oil. A perfect, easy and delicious autumn pasta.

Penne with Wild Mushrooms, Lemon Scented Ricotta & Thyme

Recipe by:La Buena Vida: Nicole Franzen

Nicole Franzen is a food, travel & lifestyle photographer based out of Brooklyn, New York. Her passion and interest in food came at an early age when she began working in restaurants at fourteen years old. Working both front and back of the house learning everything she could from the chefs. Always having a strong love for photography and camera in hand, decided to combine the two. She started traveling at a young age living in places like St John, in the US Virgin Islands and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She writes a blog called "La Buena Vida" where she captures and shares all her favorite things in life. She will most likely be found at her local farmer's market or at the nearest rooftop farm. Preparing local and seasonal dishes from her small Brooklyn apartment with her amazing British boyfriend.