Margherita Penne Pasta #SundaySupper

This post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Margherita Penne Pasta made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best!
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? It's true! In honor of National Dairy Month, the #SundaySupper Tastemakers have joined forces with the Florida Dairy Farmers to bring you our best recipes made with milk. From beverages to desserts and everything in between, you are sure to find a must-make milk recipe. Scroll down past my recipe for the full list, and be sure to stock up on milk so you can give each of these tasty recipes a try! Don't forget to pin them to save for later!

My Margherita Penne Pasta recipe is a creamy pasta inspired by the classic pizza Margherita which is traditionally topped with cheese, fresh basil, and a homemade tomato sauce. It is simple, fresh, and delicious!
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
The secret to simple recipes like this Margherita Penne Pasta or pizza Margherita is to use the freshest and best ingredients you can find! Your taste buds will thank you!

Start your noodles first. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a tablespoon of kosher salt along with 1 lb of Penne pasta. Boil according to the package directions for al dente pasta.
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of freshly minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds to a minute. The mixture will give off a wonderful aroma and then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Whisk to form a paste.
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Slowly whisk in 2 1/2 cups whole milk.

TIP: Be sure to use fresh, whole milk. It is important for flavor and texture. Buy the best quality milk available to you and make sure it is whole milk for best results.

I'm a Florida girl through and through and grew up on fresh Florida Milk. I like knowing that here in Florida we have over 130 dairy farming families that have passed on their skills and dedication to quality for generations while remaining true to their values year after year. Not only do they care for the cows, but they are stewards of the land & leaders in the community too. I was impressed to learn how our dairy farmers recycle about 170,000 tons of byproducts such as citrus pulp, brewers’ grain and whole cottonseed that are consumed by the cows instead of ending up in landfills. I like that!!
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Bring the milk mixture to a slow boil and then reduce the heat to mid-low and continue cooking, while whisking, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. About 5 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (or white pepper if you prefer). Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, remove the skillet from the heat and add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese. Stir to melt and combine.
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
When the pasta is done to your liking, drain it and return it to the pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta...
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
and stir to coat the pasta with the sauce.
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Add 2 cups grape tomatoes (halved), 12-15 Mozzarella balls, and 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves Stir to combine.

TIP: Be sure to use fresh basil in this recipe! Dried basil tastes nothing like the fresh stuff and will ruin the end result. Fresh basil and whole milk make all the difference. Trust me on this one!
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Enjoy!
Margherita Penne Pasta | by Life Tastes Good made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe the whole family will love! I like how I can have this on the table in under 30 minutes! Many times the simplest recipes taste the best! #SundaySupper #JuneDairyMonth
Did you know that Florida has a sizable dairy cow population? It's true! Most of the dairy cows living in Florida are black and white Holsteins, and the largest dairy counties in Florida are Lafayette and Okeechobee. It's common for herd sizes to range anywhere from 150 to 5000 cows, and each cow produces approximately 6-8 gallons of milk each day! Can you imagine milking 5000 cows 2-3 times per day, every day?! 

With about 123,000 dairy cows in Florida, that adds up to 2.34 billion pounds of milk a year or 277 million gallons of Florida-produced milk in the grocery stores!
All that milk is a good thing! Thank goodness we have dairy farmers working hard to ensure we have milk readily available in grocery stores. Milk contains 9 essential nutrients and vitamins including protein, vitamins A, D, and B12, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, & niacin, as well as zinc, and magnesium too! It's good for you, so be sure to your are consuming 3 cups of milk a day to get your recommended daily allowance for dairy.
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Margherita Penne Pasta

Life Tastes Good
Published 06/05/2016
Margherita Penne Pasta
Margherita Penne Pasta made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a cheesy milk based sauce is an easy recipe that's on the table in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (or white pepper if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 12-15 Mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced, fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Start your noodles first. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a tablespoon of kosher salt along with 1 lb of Penne pasta. Boil according to the package directions for al dente pasta. About 10-11 minutes.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of freshly minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds to a minute. The mixture will give off a wonderful aroma and then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Whisk to form a paste.
  3. Slowly whisk in 2 1/2 cups whole milk.
  4. Bring the milk mixture to a slow boil and then reduce the heat to mid-low and continue cooking, while whisking, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. About 5 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (or white pepper if you prefer). Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  5. Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, remove the skillet from the heat and add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese. Stir to melt and combine.
  6. When the pasta is done to your liking, drain it and return it to the pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to coat the pasta with the sauce.
  7. Add 2 cups grape tomatoes (halved), 12-15 Mozzarella balls, and 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves. Stir to combine and enjoy!

    TIP: Be sure to use fresh basil in this recipe! Dried basil tastes nothing like the fresh stuff and will ruin the end result. Trust me on this one!
Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 15 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.

Tags: Margherita Penne Pasta, Easy Recipe, Fresh Ingredients, Milk, Pizza Margherita, Under 30 Minutes, Cheese, Pasta, Vegetables, Fresh Herbs

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10 comments:

  1. This pasta looks so creamy and delicious.

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  2. I'm with you on the fresh basil. I don't even buy dried basil because there is just no flavor there! We love these flavors in pizza, so why not pasta? Looks so creamy and delish!

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  3. The flavors of Margherita pizza in pasta form?! What a great idea! Love how simple it is too.

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  4. I could pretty much live on this dish, Marion! I am with you on the freshest ingredients possible. There is nothing like it!

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    1. That makes 2 of us ;) Thanks, Nichole!

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  5. You know that I am going to love this meal! Those tomatoes have my name written all over it.

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    1. They sure do! Thanks for stopping by, Rini! Have a super week :)

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