Friday, July 13, 2007

Penne Pasta in a Garlic Cream Sauce with Peas

I needed to whip up something fast and easy tonight since we spent a few hours at happy hour. Pasta is always good for soaking up the alcohol, so it was the perfect option for tonight's dinner.


- 8 oz penne pasta
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed (I usually like to chop it.. chopping garlic can be very therapeutic, but not a good idea after a few beers at happy hour and then a bottle of wine on the deck)
- 1 cup light cream
- about 1/4 c (maybe more?) grated asiago cheese
- a few shakes of red pepper flakes
- 1 shake of cayenne pepper (optional, but we like heat in our kitchen)
- 2 tbsp dry white wine
- 1/2-1 cup frozen peas
- Option: sliced prosciutto (I would have used it if Jon liked it. Next time he's away I'll have to make this dish with prosciutto)

How I Cooked It...
- Cook pasta til al dente; set aside
- While the pasta is cooking, heat about 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan. Add red pepper flakes and garlic*, saute
* Some of my garlic toasted in the oil while I was taking a sip of wine, but it ended up being a good thing. It gave a few different garlic flavors to the dish so I'd definitely do it again, but on purpose next time
- Add white wine and stir
- Add cream and let simmer for about 5 minutes until it is lightly bubbling
- Add the peas and cheese, stir until slightly thickened. If using proscuitto, add it now.
- Add the pasta and toss. Top with some salt if needed.

This dinner was delicious!! Quick and easy, and the perfect thing after a few drinks at the bar.

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  1. this looks REALLY good...i've been in search of a good garlic cream sauce, i'm going to try this one. this would be easy to build off of...add grilled shrimp, chicken or other veggies.


  2. that may not be the best picture,but having had that before it sure does look good.

  3. california girl, I recently moved to Bangkok Thailand. It has been hard to remember some of the favorites from growing up...sometimes you need a foreighn dish. I think this sauce will go great with Ginooche's.

  4. This was AWESOME!!! I made it for myself last night for dinner. So quick and easy with ingredients I had on hand. I used tortellini instead of the penne, Riesling for the white wine and added prosciutoo. SO GOOD!!!