Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

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"This is a recipe I concocted with ingredients on hand, including my homemade pesto. My family loved it! Serve vegetarian or top with a cooked chicken breast."
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55 m servings 530 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 530 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 26.5 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 56.6g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 599 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still slightly firm, about 11 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook and stir broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and 1/2 cup pine nuts until the broccoli and asparagus are tender, about 8 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir in flour and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk until thoroughly combined, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer sauce, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in prepared pesto. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. Pour pesto sauce into skillet with broccoli mixture; gently stir in penne pasta until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon pine nuts to serve.


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It was good but the portions were off. I had to add extra milk to make enough sauce for all the pasta, For extra flavor I added a half a can of chicken stock and let it cook down a little. But I...

Made it with cavatappi pasta. Added chicken. Taste really good!

This is a really good recipe. Nice crunch with the creamy sauce it's delicious!! I added some chicken to make it even hearty!

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