Vegetarian Penne Recipe
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Vegetarian Penne Recipe

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"My husband and I love pasta and vegetables," relates Gail Cawsey of Geneseo, Illinois. "I created this dish several years ago. It serves as dinner for the two of us or as an impressive side dish when we're entertaining."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 143 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion, summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms and garlic in butter until tender.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, seasonings and cream until smooth; add to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Drain pasta and add to vegetable mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Vegetarian Penne in Quick Cooking May/June 2005, p47

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rexrexh User ID: 8809592 245791
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"Very nice will make again,,,,"

Greekarican User ID: 8401655 227999
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"I too thought the thyme was to strong....added more flour and whipping cream to drown it out...then was good so I suggest less thyme or non at all."

dicentra01 User ID: 5468213 226479
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"I made this tonight and didn't care for it at all. I've discovered I hate Thyme. After the first bite I tried adding more sauce because it was so dry but nothing drowned out the strong taste of the thyme."

Kevin444 User ID: 5497724 150139
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"I love this recipe - easy and so good. I didn't change a thing. Thanks. I will be making it again."

AnnMaville User ID: 6403257 138099
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"This is sooo good. My boys decided they wanted to go vegetarian for a month, and I could really lose some weight. While I was making this I thought it would be good with parmesan cheese, but I tasted it first. No need to add cheese."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 144079
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"I did double the sauce ingredients (flour, seasonings and cream) because I had added close to twice the veggies the recipe called for. Came out perfect! We will be making this one a lot!"

afl1901 User ID: 5776953 56073
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"This dish is excellent. My family requests it every week. Wouldn't change a thing!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 143666
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"This is delicious. I doubled the thyme and everyone loved it."

rkj620 User ID: 5722215 112019
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"This is an easy meal to make. It is light with a lot of great taste for the summer. Thumbs up."

rkj620 User ID: 5722215 59747
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"This is an easy meal to make. It is light with a lot of great taste for the summer. Thumbs up."

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