Blushing Penne Pasta Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
- 1 cup thinly sliced onions
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
- 1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
- 1. Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook onions in butter for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the thyme, basil and salt; cook 1 minute longer. Add 1 cup cream, wine and tomato paste; cook and stir until blended.
- 2. Combine flour and remaining cream until smooth; gradually stir into onion mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Drain penne; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
1 cup equals 336 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 445 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.
Reviews for Blushing Penne Pasta
"I am not a big fan of tomato based sauces, so for me, this was the perfect balance of flavors. With some added chopped chicken, this is a recipe I will make again and again."
"My husband and I love this recipe! So simple and quick to make when on the run!"
"I thought the thyme was a little strong, but I would definitely make it again, just back off on that. Whole family liked it!"
"This is my family's favorite meal. It's the requested birthday dinner for my husband and daughter. I make it a lot when we have company over. I use more tomato paste than the recipe calls for. It's also great with shrimp or chicken added to it."
"Cheesy goodness. Very similar to a dish I loved in a restraunt. I like to add a can of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese then bake it just a bit to melt the cheese."
"This is company-worthy."
"Delicious! And my kids couldn't wait to get home from school the next day to have the leftovers for snack!"
"My family loved this! The sauce is rich and creamy and so easy to make. This is a keeper! Thanks fo the recipe."
"it just missed. Too much srong thyme flavor overpowered the subtle blush of the sauce. A bit thick as well, and I used fat free half and half."
"I thought this was pretty good. Didn't have fresh herbs, so I used dry. It's probably better with fresh though. I also added precooked chicken, and subbed some of the salt with garlic salt."
"I thought this was a little bland. I used fresh thyme and fresh basil. I also added fresh tomatoes. I just thought it needed something else."
"Amazing! Love it! Made 3 batches...2 for friends and 1 for us! I am addicted!"
"Absolutely delicious...one of our favorites! I often add chunks of grilled chicken."
"The sauce is DELICIOUS! I usually serve this with the Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs."
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.