Penne noodles are one of my favorite types of pasta to use!
I can cover them with a simple Marinara Sauce or use them to make a delicious Creamy Baked Penne Pasta – endless recipes and dinner ideas! I’ve gathered some of our favorite penne pasta recipes I know your family will love.
Penne pasta is particularly nice to use because its design invites a burst of flavor with every bite. The hollow tube shape allows the sauces and spices to seep into the center while the rigid texture helps coat the outside with delicious flavor.
Tips for Using Penne Pasta
Store plain penne pasta: Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, you can add it to your recipe right away or store it to be used later. I do want to add that you should cook al dente. This will help keep the pasta from getting mushy when stored. Also, toss the pasta in olive oil to prevent the pieces from clumping together
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days then use it in any of your favorite recipes. It’s especially good in chilled pasta salads.
You can also freeze the pasta. Place the penne in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until the pasta is solid. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for 1-2 months.
Storing cooked dishes: Most of these penne pasta dishes can be stored successfully in the fridge and freezer to be heated up and used on a busy day. See the individual posts for more information.
Penne Substitutes: If you don’t have penne pasta you can still make these yummy recipes simply replace the penne with a similarly sized pasta such as:
wagon wheel, shell, rigatoni, fusilli, ziti, bow tie
Favorite Penne Pasta Dishes
Favorite Penne Pasta Dishes
These penne pasta recipes have all kinds of different sauces, meats, and add-ins.
White Sauce Pasta Recipe
Super simple and delicious Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe packed with flavor. This dish is perfect by itself or you can add chicken too!
If you like creamy, cheesy, white sauce pasta then you'll absolutely love this Three Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe. Filled with Ricotta, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese, and is SO easy to throw together! The whole family loves this recipe!!
This Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta is a delicious dinner recipe that is simple and flavorful. Pasta is boiled in broth and spices and mixed with whipping cream and chicken chunks making this dish amazing!
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
A copycat version of Cheesecake Factory's Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine recipe. This flavorful and creamy dish is filled with chunks of chicken, garlic, whipping cream, spinach and sweet sun-dried tomatoes. It's not only delicious but is a great way to change up the classic fettuccine recipe.
This Chicken Pesto Pasta is very flavorful and simple dinner idea that is sure to please. It's filled with bow-tie pasta, chunks of chicken, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pesto making it a new go-to meal recipe.
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