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Penne Al Telefono (Penne Pasta Recipe)

Penne al telefono is a quick and easy, cheesy, everyday pasta dish! Perfectly cooked penne pasta with flavorful mozzarella, tomatoes and some heat. It's sure to become a new family-favorite pasta recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Filipino, International
Keyword: penne al telefono, penne pasta recipe
Author: Mia


  • 500 grams penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream or all-purpose cream
  • ½ chicken broth cube
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup mozzarella grated
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili flakes optional


  • Cook penne pasta according to packaging instructions. Drain water and set aside.
  • In a pot over low-medium heat, melt butter then add olive oil. Sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until wilted. Tip in sugar, salt, pepper and chicken broth cube. Mix until incorporated.
  • Mix-in water and heavy cream then cover pot with lid then bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer penne pasta and toss in with the sauce. Add mozzarella and cheddar cheese then toss again until fully incorporated. Cover again and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat then transfer in a serving dish. Top with parmesan or any preferred cheese and chili flakes. Serve and enjoy. Bon appetit!


  1. You can replace cherry tomatoes with crushed canned tomatoes.
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