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    The 30 BEST Penne Pasta Recipes

    What’s your favorite pasta shape? If you love penne, you’ve come to the right place!

    We’ve compiled this great list of easy Penne Pasta Recipes for you to try. You’ll find decadent creamy dishes, light meatless dinners, tasty pasta salads for lunches or get togethers, great penne bakes and more!

    Cook your way through all of these recipes, and you’ll never wonder “what to cook with penne?” again. You’re sure to find some new family favorites!

    Have fun…

    The 30 BEST Penne Pasta Recipes.

    1. Cajun Chicken Pasta

    This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a super easy and super tasty meal that combines the comfort of pasta and the bold flavors of New Orleans.

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    2. Ground Turkey Pasta Bake

    We are giving you an amazing stove to oven to table pasta bake recipe today. When ground turkey is cooked in a deliciously seasoned tomato sauce with lots of veggies and becomes gooey, cheesy and meaty, all enveloped in your favorite pasta… This Ground Turkey Pasta Bakehappens!!

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    3. Penne alla Vodka

    Penne alla vodka has a rich, creamy, cheesy sauce that you’ll keep coming back to. It’s an easy comfort food dish your whole family will love!

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    4. Rasta Pasta

    This Rasta Pasta is an easy weeknight dinner option that’s bursting with big, bold flavors! It has red, green and yellow bell peppers for plenty of veggie power and uses Jamaican jerk seasoning for a great kick!

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    5. Jambalaya Pasta (Pastalaya)

    Jambalaya Pasta, aka Pastalaya, is a super tasty dish featuring shrimp, chicken and sausage smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce full of Louisiana flavors.

    It’s like everyone’s favorite jambalaya, but with pasta instead of rice. How cool!

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    6. Pasta Primavera

    Primavera is a great easy dinner option when you crave pasta without the heavy sauces. It’s a light, meatless meal packed with a variety of fresh veggies. One of our favorite penne pasta recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    7. One Pot Beef Stroganoff Pasta

    This Beef Stroganoff Pasta is a great one dish meal in about 25 minutes. Ground beef, mushrooms and penne in a creamy sour cream based sauce. This is great comfort food.

    Get the Recipe @ foodyschmoodyblog

    8. Salmon Pasta with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

    Salmon Pasta with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce is an easy, yet gourmet penne dish. Perfectly seared salmon is tossed with penne, spinach and sundried tomatoes in a delightful creamy sauce. YUMMM…

    Get the Recipe @ juliasalbum

    9. Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    Juicy tomatoes and cucumbers along with salty olives, red onion, tender penne pasta, and spinach are tossed together with creamy feta cheese in a homemade dressing for a crave-able salad that’s so easy to make! Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a perfect side dish to serve any time of the year and it makes a terrific main meal.

    Get the Recipe @ asouthernsoul

    10. Creamy Chicken Pesto Penne

    This Chicken Pesto Pasta is a decadent delight! Chicken and penne are tossed in a super flavorful creamy pesto sauce. All this goodness in only 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.

    Get the Recipe @ yellowblissroad

    11. Baked Penne with Meatballs

    Baked penne with meatballs is a super easy one pan meal. Simply put everything in your baking dish and let your oven do the rest. The whole family will love this penne recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ girlgonegourmet

    12. Italian Style Mac and Cheese

    Classic mac and cheese, but made Italian style! This Italian Style Mac and Cheese is made using penne noodles covered in mozzarella cheese sauce. It’s also filled with Italian seasoning and freshly grated parmesan.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    13. Creamy Mushroom Chicken Pasta

    In this Creamy Mushroom Chicken Pasta, perfectly seared chicken strips are mixed with penne pasta and cooked in with white wine, garlic, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. It’s a super easy, one pot pasta recipe everyone will love!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    14. Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

    An easy strawberry Caprese pasta salad that makes a perfect side or a light main course! This pasta salad is tossed with a light homemade balsamic glaze and is perfect for spring or summer picnics! Serve it by itself or add in leftover diced chicken!

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    15. Balsamic Veggie Penne Pasta

    Another great light dinner is this balsamic veggie penne. It’s got tons of fresh veggies and a tasty balsamic sauce. Super healthy penne pasta recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    16. Lemon Pesto Penne

    This lemon pesto penne recipe is super quick, like 20 minutes quick, has plenty of fresh veggies, and great flavors from the combination of pesto sauce and lemon juice. It’s a great penne recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    17. Creamy Shrimp Florentine

    Creamy shrimp Florentine is a restaurant quality meal perfect for guests or special occasions. Shrimp and penne pasta tossed in a creamy sauce with spinach, sundried tomatoes and fresh basil. YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    18. Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

    This healthy grilled chicken pasta salad is full of fresh summer flavors and smoky BBQ sauce! The creamy dressing is lightened up with Greek yogurt. A great summer night meal.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    19. Penne with Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Zucchini

    Here’s another super simple recipe your family will love. Penne with Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Zucchini can be on the table in 30 minutes and is bursting with a variety of great flavors!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    20. Greek Tzatziki Pasta Salad

    Take this Greek Tzatziki Pasta Salad to your next potluck and watch the crowd gather. It’s full of fresh cucumbers, kalamata olives, and cherry tomatoes with a tasty homemade tzatziki dressing. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    21. Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta

    Baked eggplant penne pasta is a great meatless dinner option. It has eggplant, tomato, ricotta, mozzarella and, of course, your favorite pasta shape!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    22. Caprese Penne

    You’re going to love the simplicity of this tasty Caprese penne. It only uses 7 ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time, then your oven does the rest!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    23. Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

    This creamy Tuscan sausage penne is divine! It has a super creamy sauce enhanced with spinach and sun dried tomatoes.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    24. Mozzarella Penne Rosa Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    The next time you’re looking for a new meatless main course, try this Mozzarella Penne Rosa Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. It’s a restaurant quality penne pasta recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ swankyrecipes

    25. Penne Bolognese

    Sometimes you just want something classic, and you can’t get much more classic than Bolognese. This meaty tomato sauce goes great over penne!

    Get the Recipe @ simplywhisked

    26. Lemon Herb Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    Here’s another great pasta salad to take togethers. This Mediterranean themed salad features kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and sun dried tomatoes and comes with a great homemade lemon herb dressing!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    27. Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne

    This roasted veggie baked penne has a great homemade tomato sauce, plenty of fresh veggies, and it all get topped with melty cheese. YUMMM!

    Get the Recipe @ budgetbytes

    28. Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

    Doesn’t this gorgeous creamy lemon pasta with chicken and asparagus look great? And best of all, it cook in one pan, so hardly any clean up!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    29. Ground Beef Casserole

    Ground beef casserole is a simple and classic recipe the whole family will love. Ground beef, penne and tomato sauce topped with melty cheddar cheese and baked to perfection!

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    30. Chicken Alfredo Bake

    We’re wrapping up this list with a real crowd pleaser. This chicken alfredo bake has a super creamy and delicious homemade alfredo sauce and gets topped with mozzarella cheese. Buon appetito!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    So there you go, thirty great penne pasta recipes. The only question now is, which to try first?

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    The 30 BEST Penne Pasta Recipes

    This collection of easy Penne Pasta Recipes will give you plenty of ideas to cook with your favorite pasta shape. For something super simple, try this olive oil garlic penne:


    • 1lb penne pasta
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 4-5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Cook penne according to directions on package.
    2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes, until garlic starts to get fragrant.
    3. Toss in pasta and season with salt and pepper.


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