Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This pasta has a beautiful blush colour and the taste is fabulous. A little gem I found in the Taste of Home. Had to estimate the amount of pasta as it called for 1/2 package. I have also added shrimp or mussels to this on occasion.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook penne as per package directions.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, cook onions in butter for 8-10 minute
  3. Add thyme, basil, salt and cook 1 minute longer.
  4. Add 1/2 C cream, broth and tomato paste.
  5. Cook and stir until well blended.
  6. Combine flour and remaining 1/4 C cream until smooth.
  7. Gradually stir into onion mixture.
  8. Bring to boil, cook and stir continuously for 2 minutes to thicken.
  9. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  10. Toss with noodles and additional Parmesan.
Most Helpful

5 5

Chose to make this knowing I had tons of boxed pasta...apparently every kind except penne! Made with veggie farfalle and it was amazing! I decreased the amount of thyme and basil so my boys wouldn't freak out on the amount of "green stuff" and it still had wonderful flavor. I loved that it was made and on the table in less than 30 minutes. Will be making this again and again! Made for PAC Spring 2014.

5 5

Made this as given & it was wonderfully flavorful, so I'll be keeping the recipe around! I like the idea of, now & then, adding some meat to it, & since I almost always have shredded chicken in the freezer . . . ! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed in the special event All Aboard the L-O-V-E Train!]

5 5

I came across this recipe after I had browned some ground chicken, and proceeded with yours. I used some basil pesto paste for the basil (didn't add thyme). I served over wheat penne. I really liked the ground chicken with it, as it made it more filling. The whole family enjoyed (including two teens). Thanks for posting, Mums. Roxygirl