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This recipe is so garlicky and so creamy and sooooo easy to make. I got home from work, was incredibly tired and just wanted a filling meal. This one worked perfectly because it really didn't take much more than 15 minutes and tasted wonderfully. Next time, I might try adding some frozen peas and sliced mushrooms, but the recipe is great as is.

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Sackville October 23, 2002

I had never tried making a creamy pasta anything, but this was GREAT! I added some stir-fry sliced chicken sauteed in garlic and my husband wanted to know when I'd be making it again. Thanks!

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Kristi J November 19, 2002

Just like the recipe title, this is creamy and garlicky... yum! I used chicken broth where there was an option and thought it tasted wonderful. This is quick, easy, and a great dish to make during the busy work week.

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Missyb33 November 08, 2002

Great recipe, definitely 5 star. If you are using 1 pound of pasta, I agree with so many of the other reviews-double the sauce! I doubled it, but only used 3 tablespoons of flour, otherwise it gets too thick. I was worried it looked thin in the saucepan, but when I tossed it with the penne it coated the noodles beautifully and the pasta soaks up that sauce! My family loved it and my 7 yr old son gave it one of his "Favorite Recipe" stickers- LOL. It is as easy to make as the boxed mixes, but tastes so much better.I did use fresh parsley and added in some spices as suggested by others: crushed red pepper flakes (a pinch), 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning. I think the Italian seasoning gave it the spark it needed. I served it with Crispy Balsamic Baked Chicken Breasts (from this site , another favorite) and a vegetable blend of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash. What a keeper, thanks so much!

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bad kitty 1116 May 03, 2010

I added fresh mushrooms to make a main course. Very good!

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riffraff February 28, 2003

This was fantastic!!! We made a few adjustments just because we had the ingredients to hand: 1) when making the sauce we added a splash of white wine first, let the alcohol cook off and then added the stock and milk. 2) We added spinach at the last minute of cooking the sauce just to wilt it slightly. 2) We fried off some pancetta cubes until crispy and we then added the drained pasta and the sauce to the pan, mixing it all together. We then added some reserved pasta water (just a tad) to the finished dish and mixed it to emulsify the sauce slightly. It was so delicious and tasted very creamy and indulgent (and no cream in it - just skimmed milk!). One of my favourite recipes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lory's Kitchen July 06, 2011

This is a good basic recipe. I honestly wouldn't use it as is, just because it's kinda boring. However, I added grilled/sliced chicken & sun-dried tomatoes, plus extra garlic & parmesan. If I make it again, I will experiment a little more with different seasonings as well. Again, good base recipe, but needs to be changed up a bit, IMO.

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AbercrombieKitty46 August 08, 2010

This was really good! I took some advice from other reviews and added mushroom and chicken to make it a meal. I also added a bunch of extra garlic, since we are huge garlic lovers. I loved this because it was like having alfredo sauce, but better for you and less dairy. I have a slight lactose intolerance issue, so less dairy with a similar taste is perfect for me! We'll definitely be making this again, since we always have these ingredients on hand. Next time, I might add some red pepper flake or cayenne to give it a little extra kick. Thanks for posting!

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ACBL17 June 10, 2011

I didn't have any chicken broth so I substituted one chicken bouillon cube along with 3/4 cup of warm water. The outcome made my family very happy. They told me that this "is a keeper". The only reason I gave it four instead of five stars was because I felt that using the entire one pound box of penne would make the pasta too dry. My family likes "saucy" pasta. I used half a box and it was very creamy. Next time I'll just double the recipe and use the entire box. Delicious.

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akpugluv March 24, 2011

This was supper for me the other night. I was all by myself and craving pasta. This recipe was terrific and very easy to make. The sauce was creamy and had plenty of garlicy flavor. I may take the advice of some of the other reviewers and add peas and mushrooms next time. Thanks Karen.

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Esther N October 22, 2003
Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta