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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.

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

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

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

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

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


  • 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 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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