Greens and Cream Cheese penne

A perfect spring supper: it has both a warming, comfort-food quality and the fresh flavour of tender greens.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
Yields 4 Servings
greens and cream cheese penne

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb (375 g) penne rigate
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 French shallot minced
  • 1 bunch of green onions cut into 1˝ (2.5 cm) lengths
  • 1 package of asparagus cut into 2˝ (5 cm) lengths
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen green peas
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 oz (240 g) Canadian Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh chives chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon zest

Preparation

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and cook garlic with shallot, onions and asparagus for 5 minutes.

Add peas and cook 2 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour 1½ cups (375 mL) of pasta cooking water into saucepan and add Cream Cheese. Let cheese melt and stir until smooth.

Drain pasta and add to saucepan with chives and lemon zest; mix together and serve. 

Tips

Cheese alternatives: Canadian Ricotta, Mascarpone, Cottage Cheese.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 403 Calories
Protein: 12 g
Carbohydrate: 52 g
Fat: 17 g
Fibre: 4.1 g
Sodium: 202 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 7 % / 78 mg
Folate: 82 %
Selenium: 79 %
Thiamin: 50 %
Iron: 25 %