Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Penne Rustica

You can find the original to this recipe on home based mom. I came across her blog this week and have fallen in love with so many of her recipes! We tried this tonight and it was SO good. MAKES LOTS, so it's a perfect meal to make one for our family and still have a whole dinner to take someone else too. If you want to see the HUGE batch (this doubled) you can find it here.

Here's the recipe with my alterations...


1/2 pound grilled chicken breast
7-8 slices of thick cut bacon
24 oz (1 1/2 boxes) penne pasta
1 large red bell pepper- diced
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp paprika

Gratinata Sauce:
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 cup marsala wine OR (if you don't cook with wine, you can use this as a substitute:
3 TBSP apple juice + 1 tbsp red wine vinegar + enough chicken broth to equal 1/2 cup
1/2 tsp dijon or dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
4 cups heavy cream


Chop bacon and cook in large pan. Once it's cooked, remove bacon and drain all but about 1 tsp of grease. Saute garlic in bacon grease briefly. Add marsala wine (or your substitute), mustard, salt, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and heavy cream. Cook pasta according to directions. Slice chicken into medium-bite size pieces. Combine sauce, cooked pasta, diced chicken, cooked bacon, bell peppers, parmesan cheese, and paprika and mix thoroughly. Spread in 2 - 9x13 pans. Top with chopped rosemary and mozzarella cheese.

Bake @ 475 for 10 minutes. (doesn't need long since it's everything is already cooked)

If frozen, thaw in refrigerator the day of. Cover with foil and bake @ 375 for 1 hour. Remove foil during the last 15 minutes.


Scott / Lori said...

I love your blog and am going to make this! Thanks for an amazing looking recipe! Lori

Carrie said...

I recently found your blog and find myself starring a bunch of your recipes, this looks great!

Elliott Mom said...

I LOVE Penne Rustica! Mine and hubby's first date was at Macaroni Grill; he orders this every time we go and doesn't even look at the menu. Yummy!!

jcgk said...

This is dinner tonight. See? I think there are SOME things we both like :)

jcgk said...

How long do you cook the sauce for? Does it thicken up? How much mozz?

Moore Fun said...

*Add Mozzarella cheese to the list of ingredient. Can't wait to try it!