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Vegetarian Penne

"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
    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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion, summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms and garlic in butter until tender.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 143 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Weng Ping
    Mar 24, 2020

    I substitute summer squash with baby corns, heavy whipping cream with Tahini Spread. Taste good. Thanks.

  • mkfrazier
    Sep 17, 2019

    Delicious pasta dish which adapts easily to a variety of tastes. We added more mushrooms and a little extra garlic. Also, doubling the sauce was essential which meant using a half pint of cream.

  • rexrexh
    Mar 22, 2016

    Very nice will make again,,,,

  • Greekarican
    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
    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.

  • Kevin
    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
    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
    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
    Jan 12, 2012

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

  • katlaydee3
    Aug 31, 2011

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