Blushing Penne Pasta

Photo by Samantha O.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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 or broth and tomato paste; cook and stir until blended. 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.

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