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Penne Rosa tossed with a creamy red sauce with a kick and tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Freshly grated parmesan is sprinkled on top.

A creamy tomato pasta with a kick! Penne Rosa is a 15 minute meal that is sure to please!

Noodles and Company makes a delicious pasta dish they call Penne Rosa. It was love at first bite and I knew it would be incredibly simple to make it at home. And bonus, at home you get to add more of the good stuff that restaurants always skimp out on to cut costs. That’s right, this recipe is even BETTER than Noodles and Co. And better yet, it takes just 15 minutes to whip this pasta up, making it a staple weeknight meal. It’s packed full of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach so you’re also getting your veggies in. This is a complete meal. Add some chicken if you’d like, but this is a meal we enjoy meatless. Welcome to one of our family favorites!

Penne Rosa in the skillet with fresh spinach leaves, tomatoes and cream added in.

Watch the video to see just how easy it is to make this tasty pasta. You’ll want to head into the kitchen immediately!

Penne Rosa tossed with a creamy red sauce with a kick and tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Freshly grated parmesan is sprinkled on top.
A creamy tomato pasta with a kick! Penne Rosa is a 15 minute meal that is sure to please!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in sliced mushrooms and saute 3 minutes, until mushrooms are tender.
  • Add in crushed garlic and let heat 1 minute.
  • Stir in cooked pasta, marinara and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Pour in tomatoes and spinach. Stir to combine. Stir in heavy cream.
  • Serve hot sprinkled with parmesan cheese.


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2340IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Penne Rosa
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April 20, 2019 6:56 pm

Can I substitute the marinara sauce? I would like to use a tomato & sweet basil sauce.

Noorjahan Mohiuddin
January 17, 2020 2:24 pm

Loved it. Thank you so much for my favorite from Noodles & Co

October 13, 2020 4:35 pm

5 stars
Added some Marsala wine, I highly recommend.

Irene Deng
August 23, 2020 7:55 am

4 stars
When I tried this recipe using 17.5 oz of pasta and 2 cups of Newman’s Marinara Sauce, I think the sauce to pasta ratio still worked out really well! I missed the “salt and pepper to taste” during cooking, so I ended up adding 9 shakes of salt and 4 shakes of grated parmesan to two servings of pasta right before eating it. I will try adding the salt to the sauce next time!

August 10, 2020 8:54 am

5 stars
So delicious! I have made this twice and the first time I added crab meat. The second time I doubled the sauce and added a pound of cooked shrimp, both times came out excellent but the extra sauce came in handy when adding protein.

October 29, 2019 2:43 pm

5 stars
Delicious! Just made it, added a little extra crushed red pepper for more kick, and it was perfect. I used 12 oz GF penne noodles instead of a full pound (which don’t taste as good as regular, in my opinion, but was a necessity), so it was a little saucier than the recipe probably intended but I think it’s good that way (better than dry). I will definitely make this often in the future, than you so much for doing the leg work and figuring out this recipe for us. 🙂

October 27, 2019 1:58 pm

5 stars
Cooked this as a prep meal for my partner and I. He loved it! This is the best recipe I’ve tried yet (tastes just like NoCo’s recipe). Thank you!

Mary Mullins
July 10, 2019 6:22 pm

5 stars
Love this quick and easy recipe and everyone enjoyed it

June 5, 2019 6:27 pm

5 stars
This was fabulous! Really delicious and the seasoning was spot-on. Will definitely make this again; the family LOVED it! Thanks for sharing the recipe –

Leena Hamdan
June 5, 2019 5:24 pm

AMAZING! Literally tastes exactly the same as Noodles!

March 19, 2019 5:53 pm

5 stars
I liked this recipe!

Daniel Chalk
January 17, 2019 6:07 pm

5 stars
This was pretty close to perfection. I used barilla’s marinara with merlot. The red pepper gave it just a hint of spice. The amounts of each ingredient were right on.
(I also really like macaroni grill’s penne rustica, it’s something like this but has prosciutto (if I’m not mistaken) and asiago and shrimp and paprika, I think. Plus they bake it)

January 9, 2019 9:12 pm

4 stars
Just made this tonight. Is it supposed to taste a little sweet? Mine did and I was wondering how I can tweak this so that it’s not as sweet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Nevertheless, I will try again and see how it turns out then. Thanks!

November 29, 2018 5:23 pm

I made this a few months ago and will be making it again this weekend. Our closest two Noodles were closed and I crave Penne Rosa all the time. This takes exactly the same and was so easy to make, even for me, who rarely cooks. I added far too much of the red pepper flakes, but was able to cool it down with more heavy cream. I will say that 4 Roma tomatoes did not seem like enough for vegetable lovers. I’ll be putting in 6 with extra mushrooms and spinach next time. Can’t wait to make this again… Read more »

October 30, 2018 7:58 pm

5 stars

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