‘Easy Cream' Penne Pasta Recipe
STEPS 4 INGREDIENTS 6 TIME 15 MINS
This particular recipe is perfectly suited to busy eaters on a budget because...
• It takes just 15 mins start to finish
• You only need 5 ingredients
• Even the required equipment is easy: 1 deep frying pan and 1 big pasta pan.
So let’s see how easy this Italian pasta recipe is…
Ingredients: (For a printable PDF shopping list click here, or right-click this link and choose 'Save target/link' to save the list for later.)
400g/14oz penne pasta
Quarter litre (250ml or 8.5fl oz) of single cream (I prefer ‘full fat’)
2 teaspoons of black pepper
100g/3.5oz pancetta (belly bacon cubes), or chopped bacon bits
Extra virgin olive oil
Optional: 50g/1.75oz parmesan cheese (to grate)
Big deep pan/skillet with lid
Large frying pan (ideally deep too)
Optional: Cheese grater (if using parmesan)
STEP 1 – Boil a couple of kettles full of water. Then get this water boiling in your large pan, on a high heat hob.
Stir in 2 handfuls of salt (this brings out the pasta’s full taste), add the pasta into the pan, and set your timer as per the pasta packet’s instructions (penne typically takes 8-10 minutes to cook ‘al dente’).
STEP 2 - Melt the butter in a medium heat frying pan.
When melted, throw in the bacon bits. Cook until slightly crisp and browned (usually 4-5 minutes).
STEP 3 – When the bacon is done, pour over the cream.
Mix gently and heat through for 2 mins – on the same medium heat hob.
STEP 4 – If the pasta is now ready, drain it and throw it in the frying pan with the grated parmesan.
Mix this al through for a minute or two, then serve.
If the pasta isn’t ready yet, take the sauce off the hob - and when the pasta is ready just drain it, mix in, and heat through as described above.
Done. That’s why this penne recipe is such a winner… it’s over before you’ve even realised you’re cooking!
More quick n’ easy pasta recipes…
• Get eggy with it, with my breakfast pasta recipe.
• Make winter warmer with this wholesome pasta fagioli recipe.
• Combine your fave short pasta with this 5-minute pesto sauce recipe.
And… did you like this penne pasta recipe? Let me know your thoughts.
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