7 Ways With Penne

Whether made with whole grains or semolina, the tube-shaped pasta called penne makes any entrée more elegant.

  • Upgrade Pasta Night
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Upgrade Pasta Night

    When you make a mouth-watering pasta sauce, serve it over penne, tube pasta with slight grooves in the side, to ensure you get maximum flavor in each bite.

  • Whole-grain Penne with Walnuts, Caramelized Onions, and Ricotta Salata
    Iain Bagwell

    Whole-grain Penne with Walnuts, Caramelized Onions, and Ricotta Salata

    If you've never cooked with whole grain pasta, this is the recipe to try. Big, bold flavors–toasted walnuts, caramelized onions, and hard ricotta (ricotta salata)–pair well with the nutty flavor of whole grain noodles.
  • Penne in Creamy Basil-Walnut Sauce
    Karry Hosford

    Penne in Creamy Basil-Walnut Sauce

    In true Tuscan style, this lightning-quick homemade pesto sauce is thickened with breadcrumbs and milk keeping the meatless meal both light and easy. Better yet, this dish goes from kitchen to table in under 30 minutes.
  • Sirloin Steak and Pasta Salad
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Katie Stoddard

    Sirloin Steak and Pasta Salad

    When you're feeling lazy, this one-dish salad delivers maximal flavor with minimal effort. While a small sirloin steak cooks under the broiler, pasta and colorful vegetables cook together. For the dressing: balsamic vinaigrette and a sprinkling of blue cheese.
  • Pasta with Spinach, Nutmeg, and Shrimp
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Pasta with Spinach, Nutmeg, and Shrimp

    A creamy sauce that's laced with a subtle hint of sweet and spicy nutmeg makes this shrimp pasta dish special enough for company. But add it to the family menu. Comfort food doesn't get much better than this.
  • Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Feta
    Randy Mayor

    Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Feta

    Put supper on the table in a flash with this easy, breezy pasta toss. Canned tomatoes, diced eggplant, pork sausage, feta cheese, tomato paste and seasonings cook together in one skillet as the pasta boils. Clean-up is a snap.
  • Pasta with Beet Greens and Raisins
    Randy Mayor; Bob Gager

    Pasta with Beet Greens and Raisins

    As Sicilian cooks know, raisins and leafy greens are perfect complements in savory recipes. Here the duo is sautéed and tossed with mini penne noodles (pennette) in a 15-minute meal that will make your taste buds stand up and salute.
  • Curried Chicken Penne with Fresh Mango Chutney
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Curried Chicken Penne with Fresh Mango Chutney

    Since the chutney and curry sauce are made from scratch, this chicken dish takes a little effort. But the end result is a rich flavored meal bursting with all the exotic flavors of Southeast Asia, including coconut, red curry paste, fish sauce, and mango.

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