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Blushing Penne Pasta

I have a collection of taste of home cook books and really enjoyed this simple recipe. You can also find it on the Taste of Home web site. 

I prefer to cook with wine versus broth. If you have never cooked with wine before make sure you use a bottle you enjoy drinking. The flavors from the wine will really transform the sauce.

Stove Top

If you have zero ingredients and cook with wine then this recipe will cost about $25.27.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $20.13.

If you have zero ingredients and cook with broth this recipe will cost about $15.95 as of April 2022. 

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $10.81.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 8

Equipment needed: 1 pot for pasta and 1 deep sauté pan.

Cook time: 30 minutes

Equipment

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will have a savings of about $5.14.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $5.14 as of April 2022

  • 1 pound butter $3.58
  • 1 bag of flour 5 pounds $1.56

Grocery

Total with WINE: $20.80 as of April 2022

Total with BROTH: $10.81 as of April 2022

  • 1 onion $0.62
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme $1.98
  • 1 bunch fresh basil $1.98
  • 1 box penne pasta 16 oz $0.92
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz $0.62
  • 1 container half and half 16 oz $1.28
  • 1 tub shredded parmesan cheese $2.74
  • 1 can of vegetable broth 14.5 oz $0.67

    Don't buy broth if you are cooking with wine.

  • 1 bottle white wine $9.99

    If you are cooking with wine. Make sure it is one you enjoy drinking.

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Put on a pot of water to boil for pasta. Cook to al dente.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium-low heat. Add onion and ½ teaspoon of salt then sauté for about 8 – 10 minutes.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, basil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt stir to combine.

  4. Add 1 cup cream, wine and tomato paste and stir for 2 – 3 minutes.

  5. Slowly stir in flour slurry and bring the sauce to a light boil. Continue to stir until thickened 2-5 minutes.

  6. Add ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese.

  7. Add the cooked noodles to the pasta sauce. Top with cheese.  

This recipe can also be found in Menu 3 – Family of 4

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