Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

This vibrantly colorful dish is chock full of amazing veggies. In taking advantage of produce that is in season, this pasta dish truly shines. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine flour and butter in a bowl until a paste forms.

Step 2

Place a large high-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pancetta; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until browned and liquid evaporates. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring to loosen browned bits. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer mixture to a plate.

Step 3

Add stock, 2 cups milk, penne, and bay leaf to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in peas, asparagus, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1 cup milk, and thyme; cook 2 minutes. Add butter-flour paste, in pieces, stirring constantly to combine and thicken. Remove from heat; stir in mushroom mixture, parsley, rind, and black pepper.

Ratings & Reviews


February 21, 2016
My (picky) husband and I loved this dish. The flavors came together so nicely! At first, I was worried that there was too much liquid, but by the end, it had all evaporated, thickened, and absorbed into a nice creamy and delicious sauce. I will absolutely make this again! I used Dreamfields pasta instead of regular whole wheat pasta, because my husband prefers the taste.

Super quick & absolutely delicious!

March 17, 2016
Loved this recipe! Used a flavorful stock and I think it added flavor. Also added extra thyme and lemon to taste. Wonderful recipe!

Wouldn't make again

March 01, 2016
Followed recipe to a T and it just didn't taste good. Wouldn't make again and wouldn't recommend

Great one pot pasta meal!

March 20, 2016
I made this last week and it was super easy and so delicious.  I will definitely be making this again.

Gotta love a one pot meal

April 03, 2016
This was very good! Next time I will add more asparagus. It's definitely important to season throughout per the recipe. And I added ground black pepper and extra thyme. Even the kids loved it!


September 08, 2016
 This turned out great! I added green beans instead of the mushrooms and it was delicious. I also added grated some fresh parmesan cheese on top. I will definitely make this recipe again!

Not a repeat!

February 17, 2017
This sounded so good...but it was bland. I made half the recipe and only used 4 ounces of pasta. I admit i didn't add as much salt as it called - it sounded like a lot but it surely was not creamy and i followed the recipe. Maybe a shallot or more onion would help but it needs something.

Came Out Soupy

April 23, 2017
The liquid didn't thickenor absorb enough and I ended up pouring a lot of it out. It tasted okay, though, and was better after adding a squeeze of lemon juice.