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

Easy to make and it had a nice flavor, although none of us really raved about it. I made mine meatless, so maybe next time I'll try it with some ground chicken or something. Thanks.

HEP MEP March 14, 2008

Buy bottled pasta sauce again after eating this?? This was absolutely fantastic and I did end up using just over half of a box of penne pasta that was over 400 g. The one thing I really had to change was the onion. When I went to retrieve it, i realized I was out. So, trying to think quickly, I used 4 tablespoons of butter and about 5 small garlic cloves diced up. I sauteed the garlic in the butter and added some onion powder. Then, I followed the rest of the recipe exactly as stated. It was soooo good and while I'm an onion lover, I don't know that I'd go back to the original way you posted it because we're garlicd lovers even more. I servfed this with homemade garlic bread and next time will either have steamed brocolli or a salad. This recipe definiteloy went into the "keeper" category. I can't wait to experiment with putting shrimp or even grilled chicken breast in it.

Jen Wiehl March 01, 2008

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.

AZPARZYCH April 17, 2014

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