Penne with Asparagus and Mushrooms Recipe -
Penne with Asparagus and Mushrooms Recipe
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Penne with Asparagus and Mushrooms

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"Fresh sauteed vegetables are combined with a fresh creamy tomato sauce to create this delicious, easy to make pasta dish. Serve with grated cheese."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the garlic until lightly browned. Place mushrooms in the skillet, and cook 5 minutes. Mix in asparagus, and cook 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place penne pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  3. Mix the heavy cream into the skillet, and continue cooking 10 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Serve over the cooked pasta.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 29, 2008

I'm giving this recipe 4 stars because the first time I made it I thought it was good but needed improvement. Here are the changes I made to suit it more to my tastes and to make it a little healthier: reduced oil to 1/3 cup (don't reduce the oil too much, it adds to the richness!); added some chopped white onion; added more minced garlic; instead of pureed tomatoes, I opened a can of petite diced tomatoes and blended half of it, then added the blended tomatoes as well as the rest that were in the can; squeezed the juice of one small lemon into the sauce near the end to brighten the flavor a little. I thought it was really good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 22, 2011

Very bland,, added red pepper flakes and additional salt and pepper,, Wont make again!

Mar 20, 2007

Delicious. Had I had some chicken handy, I would have added it...but it was good without it. Loved the fresh veggies and the only change I made was to toss in a few shakes of Italian seasoning and use fat free sour cream as opposed to cream since to me, it adds a lot of flavor. And I decreased the oil by a lot - don't think there is a need for a full 1/2 cup! Nice and simple, will use again. Thanks.

Aug 23, 2006

I had to make some changes to due to the ingredients that I had on hand. I only had 2 portobella mushroom caps, so I sliced and cut them into bite size pieces. And I didn't have any canned tomatos so I chopped 2 small ones and put it in the food processor. Had I had the correct ingredients, this would have been little time consuming to make. I also used only 1/4 cup olive oil and half & half in an attempt to reduce calories. Because I didn't use heavy cream it didn't get as thick as it was supposed to, but the fresh veggies really stood out. It could still use a little tweaking to make it an awesome dish, but it definitely has the potential.

Oct 15, 2008

REALLY GOOD and very easy recipe that tastes like more time was spent in the kitchen. The first time around I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. The second time around I liked it even more by cutting the oil to 1/4 cup and using 1/2 cup half & half and 1/2 cup low fat milk. Thanks for the recipe - I will be making it again!

Sep 25, 2006

Just finished scraping the last of this sauce off the pan - yum!! I used less olive oil and fresh tomatoes plus a little tomato puree since I didn't have canned - taste was so good before the cream that I almost didn't add it! But it was awesome with the cream too. Served it over chicken cooked with salt, pepper and a little paprika. Thanks Anita! :)

Mar 31, 2009

Very tasty. Cut oil to 1/3 c.; added 1/2 yellow onion, diced; subbed milk for cream and added some flour and corn starch; added splash of vodka, 1 t. oregano, and 1 t. tarragon to sauce. Wish I would have made more to have some leftovers.

Jun 18, 2008

Great recipe! We're not big on tomatoes and this scored high with all. Used 1-2 tb sp olive oil because you don't need much. Diced petite tomatoes, added lemon juice for some acidity. Then spinach and capers because I love them. Used 1/2 c of half-n-half and it was delicious. Hubby (who isn't crazy about asparagus) really loved it and told me not to change a thing. Can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch!


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  • Calories
  • 472 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 26.1 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 11.5 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 234 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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