Easy Dinner Recipe of the Week: Spring Penne

Published On March 1, 2013 | By Toni Spilsbury | Food, Recipes

Family Dinner Recipes

Our easy dinner idea of the week comes from local food blogger, Toni Spilsbury of The Organized Cook. Spring Penne is simple to make and the perfect Springtime family dinner.

Spring Penne Recipe


  • penne pasta- 1lb
  • asparagus- 1lb, trimmed and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • mushrooms, sliced- 8 oz.
  • sundried tomatoes- 1 small 7 oz. jar
  • marscapone cheese, 8 oz.
  • pecorino cheese- 8oz. (you can also Parmesan)


    1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender
    2. Heat a few tablespoons oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat (or, if your sundried tomatoes are in oil, use that)
    3. Add diced asparagus,mushrooms and sundried tomatoes and sauté until tender
    4. Add both Marscapone and Pecorino cheese; stir until melted
    5. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water, and transfer to a serving bowl (you can dip a glass measuring cup into cooking pasta water before draining to reserve)
    6. Add pasta water back to pasta in serving bowl
    7. Pour cheese and vegetable mixture over pasta
    8. Toss
For a more robust meal, serve with a side of gourmet Italian-Mozzarella Sausage broiled in oven.

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About The Author

Toni Spilsbury is a blogger, brand strategist and social media producer in addition to being a philanthropist and mother…. but not in that order. From busy corporate gal to even busier mom of four, one with special needs, Toni established an online connection with today’s on-the-go moms as someone who understands the unique demands of working moms. In 2005, Toni co-founded the Nevada Blind Children Foundation and began working to build the first school for the blind in Nevada. With a passion for cooking, creating her own recipes and a desire to merge her family life and career, Toni wrote a book The Organized Cook in 2009 before embarking on a journey through branding, blogging, social media and e-commerce that gained her an insight and passion for the unique niche of content-driven e-commerce. Toni’s second book, Because of Connor, is due out in late 2013 which gives readers an insight into the unique struggle of life’s ups and downs when set against the backdrop of caring for and coming to grips with a severely medically fragile son.

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