Vegetarian Penne Alfredo Pasta Recipe

by M Caroline
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This vegetarian penne Alfredo pasta recipe is creamy, easy, and you’ll want to make it again and again.

vegetarian penne Alfredo

We love pasta in our house, and we’ve been searching for a festive vegetarian Alfredo pasta recipe to make for company.

So, we enlisted the help of our shiny new Philips Pasta Maker to make a holiday penne alfredo.

This dish is especially festive, since the penne noodles are red (made with beet penne), and green (made with spinach penne).

The penne noodles are smothered with our creamy, easy, four ingredient Alfredo penne sauce, and then topped with chopped spinach, tomato and a sprinkling of cheese. So good!

Love Alfredo? Try our amazing Asiago Alfredo recipe!

vegetarian penne Alfredo

Vegetarian Penne Alfredo Pasta Recipe

A lot of people are intimidated by Alfredo sauce, but really, this sauce couldn’t be much easier. All you need to remember is to NEVER let the sauce boil or bubble. If it gets too hot the sauce will start to separate. You can whip up this sauce in less than eight minutes.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan. Important! Use only fresh Parmesan. Do not use the kind that comes as granules in a can (as this won’t melt properly).
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

How to make:

  1. Melt butter on low heat.
  2. When butter is melted, add 1 cup half-and-half cream and whisk together. Do not let cream bubble or boil. Keep on low heat.
  3. Add 1 cup of cheese, and whisk until almost melted. Add last 1 cup of cheese and whisk. Add pepper. Be careful to keep heat on low, and never let mixture bubble or boil. If heat gets too high, then Alfredo sauce will separate and will be almost ruined.

Tip: If sauce is not thick enough for your liking, you can add 1 tsp of cornstarch after cheese is melted, and whisk in. Keep heat on low and whisk until thickened to your desired consistency. Be careful adding cornstarch, as too much can make a thick, gloppy mess of your Alfredo!

vegetarian penne Alfredo recipe

Now, all you need to do is assemble the dish.

  1. Boil spinach and beet penne pastas together according to package directions, and drain pasta well.
  2. Add pasta to Alfredo sauce, and stir in until fully covered.
  3. Place pasta and sauce on plate.
  4. Top with grated cheese. You can add finely chopped tomato and spinach to give it an extra holiday cheer if desired. That’s it!

About our Philips HR2357/05 Pasta Maker

Our Philips Pasta Maker is one of those rare kitchen appliances that went well beyond our expectations.

It makes fresh, homemade pasta in 15 minutes or less. There’s even a storage drawer in the bottom, and the parts are dishwasher safe (though we find it’s easier just to rinse them quickly by hand).

It comes with discs to make Spaghetti, Penne, Fettuccini & Lasagna, but you can get discs for other pasta shapes and even cookies as well. We’ll be doing a full review soon, but for now you can check out what comes with the pasta maker in our unboxing video.

You can check out some very helpful Amazon reviews here.

Yield: 6

Vegetarian Penne Alfredo

vegetarian penne Alfredo

This vegetarian penne Alfredo pasta recipe is creamy, easy, and you’ll want to make it again and again.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (cooked) spinach penne
  • 2 cups (cooked) beet penne

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter on low heat.
  2. When butter is melted, add 1 cup half-and-half cream and whisk. Do not let cream bubble or boil. Keep on low heat.
  3. Add 1 cup of cheese, and whisk until almost melted.
  4. Add last 1 cup of cheese and whisk. Add pepper.
  5. Add cooked spinach and beet penne.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Be careful to keep heat on low, and never let mixture bubble or boil. If heat gets too high, then Alfredo sauce will separate and will be almost ruined.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 17g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

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