Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Baon Idea: Quick and Easy Tomato Cream Penne Pasta in Just 20 mins

It has always been a struggle for me to wake up so early in the morning to cook my kids' lunch and snacks in school (baon). I've been doing this for years, but it's still too hard especially when I'm too tired or slept late the night before. 

Preparing my kids' food is like a hit-or-miss battle. I'm planning to collect all the recipes I made that my kids liked so I can also share the recipe with you guys.

If your kids like pasta, this Tomato Cream Penne Pasta Recipe is very easy and only takes 20 mins to prepare. 

Step 1: Cook your penne pasta al dente or according to package instructions. I always deduct 1 min. from the required time to avoid over-cooking it. I set mine to 9 mins and it's perfect.

Step 2: Before draining the pasta, reserve around 1/2 cup of pasta water for the sauce. This can make the sauce coat the pasta noodles better.

Step 3: Saute Garlic and Onions until fragrant.

Step 4: Season with Salt, Pepper, and Chili Flakes (when I cooked this, I had no chili flakes in my pantry so I used my Chipotle powder instead). It's a perfect alternative!

Step 5: Add tomato paste. Saute for a while and add 1 pack of all purpose cream.

Step 6:  Add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. However, since we're trying to lessen our dairy intake, I always use Nutritional Yeast as a replacement. It's the closest vegan alternative to parmesan cheese.

Step 7: Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your taste. Add the pasta water that you reserved.

Step 8: Mix well until the penne is evenly coated with the sauce.

Step 9: Add lots of chopped fresh basil leaves.

Tomato Cream Penne Pasta Recipe

500 g penne pasta
1 tsp chopped garlic or more
1 tsp chopped onions or more
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili flakes or chipotle powder (you can add more if you want it spicier)
2 tbsp tomato paste (you can add more if you want more red color)
1 pack All Purpose Cream
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves

Here's the video that I made so you can follow better:
@iamkimrodz When I'm in a rush in the morning, this is what I prefer kasi sure ba gusto ng kids ko! Full recipe in my bio #fyp #foryoupage #recipe #pastatiktok #recipesoftiktok #pennepastarecipe #tomatocreamsauce #whattocooktoday #baonideasph #baonserye #foodmadesimple #easycookingrecipes #easyfoodrecipes #easyrecipeideas #foodtiktokideas ♬ I Can Feel It v3 - Nick Sena and Danny Echevarria

I hope you try it the next time you cook for your kids!

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