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Creamy Basil & Red Pepper Pasta with Parmesan

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4 servings

Chopped fresh basil and roasted red peppers give this creamy penne pasta dish its terrific flavor. Sprinkle with Parmesan and enjoy.

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  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • Meanwhile, process reduced-fat cream cheese and milk in food processor until blended. Add red peppers and 2 Tbsp. basil; process until blended.
  • Drain pasta; return to pan. Add cream cheese mixture; mx lightly. Stir in mozzarella. Serve topped with remaining basil, Parmesan and black pepper.


Substitute fresh parsley for the basil.

Preparing Perfect Pasta

Follow the package directions to ensure that enough water is used for cooking the pasta. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (tender but still a little firm to the bite), stirring frequently. To prevent pasta from sticking, add it slowly to plenty of boiling water and stir frequently while cooking. Adding oil to the cooking water is not recommended because some sauces may not cling to pasta coated with oil.


  • 4 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 4 servings
Calories 390
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 550mg
Carbohydrate 55g
Dietary fiber 6g
Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 50 %DV
Vitamin C 35 %DV
Calcium 50 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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