Creamy Penne Pasta

Creamy Penne Pasta

Toni 0

"This pasta recipe is so easy and so good! Wonderful made with crab, shrimp or chicken. You can also use fat free cream cheese if you're watching calories. Serve with grated Parmesan."

Ingredients 25 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 668 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 668 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 29.1 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 85.2g
  • 27%
  • Protein:
  • 19.7 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 175 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Stir in garlic, basil, oregano, parsley, tomato, salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. (Add meat, if desired, at this time.) Heat through, toss with cooked pasta and serve.
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  1. 80 Ratings


I did not have high expectations for this dish...I was just looking for a fast and easy recipe. This was awesome!! However, I made many alterations to the dish due to time contraints. First, I heated the olive oil and browned some garlic and minced onion. I then added 1 cup chicken and half green and half red bell pepper, chopped. When the cubed chicken was cooked through, I added 1 8oz container of cream cheese with chives and 1 can Italian stewed tomatoes. This addition not only thinned the sauce, as others have stated, but also, it allowed me to eliminate the basil, parsley and other spices. Served over the penne pasta and viola!! Dinner was a hit (to my surprise). Sprinkled some dry parsley and parmesean cheese over all for presentation. Great recipe Toni (even altered) and will make again!!


This was a great start to a wonderful dinner. I changed a few things because it had quite a few bad reviews. I added 1 8oz package of mushrooms, 1 red pepper sliced,fresh green beans, 1 cup of milk,and 4 cloves of garlic. I also used low fat cream cheese and dried spices because I didnt have any on hand. My dinner was great! The recipe is to thick without the milk. My fiancee is picky and he really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Amazing! I am now inspired to grow my own herbs for cooking. The fresh basil, oregano and parsley are neccessary for this recipe to work. I was a little scared after reading some of the reviews but it was great! The only thing I did different was used low fat cream cheese and substituted 2 Roma tomatoes. I served it with grilled chicken soaked in a red wine marinade. I am not a very good cook but this was delicious. My fiance loved it! What impresses me is being able to make a fantastic meal in under $5.00 Thanks Toni-great job