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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  • 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.
Notes

Nutrition

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

Noorjahan Mohiuddin

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

Sara

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. 🙂

Ryleigh

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

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

Anne

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

AMAZING! Literally tastes exactly the same as Noodles!

Eddie

5 stars
I liked this recipe!

Daniel Chalk

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)

Angie

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!

Carolyn

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 »

kristi

5 stars
THIS WAS SO GOOD!

Hailey Brown

I just made this and loveeeed it! It’s my fav dish at noodles and co. It wasn’t spicy enough for me but I’ll add more pepper flakes next time, thanks for the easy recipe!

Carrie S

I have made this several times-tweaks like bacon fat to sauté mushrooms &garlic- adding sweet Italian sausage (also served with Parmesan crusted chicken) . Different generational tastes. Easily adjusted! Spot on copycat recipe!

Sue Crutcher

5 stars
Absoluety, Fantasically, Delicious!!

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