Thursday night, we went out to dinner with one of my sisters, her husband and my mother. A nice time was had by all. I wasn't playing around and just went for the burger, as I know they make it great. 710 and my brother in law got the same thing. But my sister got a penne pasta dish.
That got me thinking on Friday morning. It looked good and I needed a dinner idea for Friday. Problem solved.
Sure, the easy way out is bottled sauce. But it's also heavy and full of lots of chemicals. And I enjoy doing things a little more from scratch.
So I made a lighter, garlic cream sauce.
Penne - 1 box (16 oz)
Butter - 3T
Flour - 3T
Garlic - 2t minced (I used heaping)
Milk - 1 cup
Chicken Broth - 1 cup (veggie if you want to make this vegetarian)
Parmesan Cheese - 1/3 cup
Parsley - 2t chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
As water boils, then pasta cooks........
Melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic for a few minutes. Spoon in flour and stir until flour is fully incorporated.
Slowly add milk, continually whisking. Then do the same with chicken broth.
Add cheese and parsley. Continue to stir.
Drain pasta and put it in large bowl, pour on sauce.
Mix. Add salt and pepper as needed.
Dish up. Add more cheese (if you like).
This makes more than plenty for two. I'd guess more four or six.
I'd do it again, though I might use more pepper and more garlic. I might even through in a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper too. I'm all about the heat.