Semi-Instant Penne and Cheese

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by swirlycinnacakes

An adult version of mac and cheese that you don't need a blue box for ;).

Top Review by jennifer in new jer

excellent dish. simple with a small list of ingredients. i like that the cheese does not overpower the pasta. a nice balance; especially with the red pepper flakes. very easy to make; i did cut the butter to 1TB and i used really good shaved romano cheese; not the kind in the green container. thanks for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining, then drain and set aside, returning the pan to high heat.
  3. Melt the butter - you can let it brown a little, if you like, then add the water and the red pepper flakes.
  4. Reduce by half (about 2 minutes) and then add the cheese, stirring to melt; add the pasta and stir vigorously to coat.
  5. Taste for salt.
  6. Season accordingly with salt and pepper, add a little Tabasco if desired, and garnish with a little more Parmesan.

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