Whole wheat pasta with crimini mushrooms


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This meal was put together by Andrew Baron. If you are looking for more exact recipe info, shoot me an email and I'll put you in touch with him.


  • 1/2 box whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 lb chopped crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion - diced
  • 1 clove garlic - diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

step 1: Bring large sauce pan of water to boil.

step 2: Warm olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms and saute for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and onions are clear.

step 3: When water boils add in pasta. Cook to al dente.

step 4: Drain pasta, add to onions and mushrooms. Cook for an additional 10 minutes adding extra oil if necessary.


Barrila Plus makes the best whole-wheat pasta we've found. Sometimes, whole-wheat pasta can taste slightly off. This brand has a mellow flavor and worked well with the mushrooms and garlic.

The bread in the picture is a walnut loaf from the Pearl Bakery in NW Portland. Walnut breads are my possibly my favorite bread. Some ICers can't tolerate walnuts but I've been OK with walnuts, peanuts, and pine nuts. More pungent nuts can be a problem though, so I stay away from pistachios and anything that has misc. spices added to a mix.

Andrew served this with freshly grated Asiago cheese on the side.

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    Why recipes?

    In 2001, while taking part in the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program on the Big Island of Hawaii, I developed symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, a chronic pain disorder that I have been able to successfully manage for several years.

    Like most Interstitial Cystitis patients, it took a long time to understand how to best manage my IC. Work is still being done to understand IC, and many ICers have had the frustrating experience of invasive procedures and failed treatments. For some, a combination of oral medications (such as Elmiron and Urelle) and diet modification are helpful. I have chosen not to take prescription medications, and instead I closely follow the IC diet.

    The Interstitial Cystitis diet is the most powerful way I've found to take control of my life and minimize my pain. It can seem daunting at first because there are so many foods we can't eat. I've been lucky to have a kitchen wizard in my life. Nearly all of the meals I eat at home are prepared by Andrew Baron. He knows the IC diet almost better than I do and loves figuring out new dishes to serve up with a somewhat limited range of foods.

    Every ICer has a different diet. Not everyone can eat what I eat, and there are lots of foods other ICers can handle that I can't. This can make the diet endlessly frustrating, but it also means we aren't quite as limited as the initial list of unadvised foods can make it seem.

    There are delicious meals out there for Interstitial Cystitis patients, and I'm hoping to catalog as many as I can. Shoot me an email if you want more information, or if you want to submit a recipe.

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