I came across this side dish recipe at Food.com, which Karen=^..^= had posted the recipe, but I did modify the recipe to my liking. This delicious side dish is so quick and easy to prepare. My husband and I agree... this side dish is very good, and I look forward to making it often.
Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta
9 ounces (2-1/2 cups) penne pasta, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
1 very large clove of garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
6 tablespoons Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large saucepan, cook the pasta in boiling for 11 minutes, along with a bit of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Once cooked; drain the pasta in a colander, then rinse with cold water. Drain again to remove any excess water, then set the pasta aside.
In the same saucepan over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter.
To the pan, add the garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir continuously for about 1 minute. (I only cooked the garlic and red pepper flakes for 30 seconds.)
Now add the flour, and continue to cook and stir for 1 more minute. (I only cooked the flour for 30 seconds.)
Gradually add the broth and milk; stirring continously, until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens.
Once the sauce has thickened, quickly add the remaining spices and the parmesan cheese; stirring continuously until the cheese has melted.
Once the cheese has melted, reduce the heat, and add the cooked pasta; stir until the sauce is incorporated into the pasta, then serve immediately.
Season pasta with a bit more salt & pepper, if need be.
Yields: 4 servings