Thursday, November 20, 2008

Penne With Carrot Cream Sauce

This is a wonderful pasta dish! I found the recipe on the side of a Barilla pasta box. I always read the packages. The sauce is a creamy carrot puree and then there are additional carrot pieces and some peas. I think this would be a great dish for kids, assuming they eat peas and carrots. I would serve it with some nice crusty bread and a salad. I think you could veganize this by leaving out the cream and using soy creamer, and maybe some corn starch to thicken. You could use vegan cheese or just leave out the cheese altogether.

1 box mini penne
1 lb. carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups frozen green peas
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Boil the carrots until thoroughly cooked, drain. Bring cream to a boil and remove from heat. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserve about a cup of the cooking water. Puree 1/2 the carrots and all of the cream in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return cream mixture to saucepan, add carrots and peas and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain pasta and toss with the sauce, add pasta water as needed to thin sauce. Stir in olive oil and cheese before serving.


  1. This looks yummy. I think I will try it next week.

  2. I hope you enjoy it. We really loved it.

  3. I just had to tell you that I tried this dish tonight and I loved it too! I loved that the sauce had carrot puree and my kids didn't even know. I think that's the first time Zack ever ate a carrot! It made me think of Jessica Seinfeld's book Deceptively Delicious...I may have to look at that one and see what else I can hide in their food! Thanks for a great recipe.

  4. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I haven't read Jessica Seinfeld's book yet but I've heard good things about it.