Penne Pasta Recipes

Penne is one of our favorite types of noodles to use in recipes. Whether it’s a hot pasta dish, or a pasta salad, you’ll love these Penne Pasta Recipes of all kinds!

More Collections: Easy Pasta Recipes, Chicken Pasta Recipes, Healthy Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

Collage of Penne Pasta Recipes

why we love penne pasta

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.  

Penne Pasta Recipe with vegetables in white bowl

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.

Main Course 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!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.89 from 153 votes
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Main Course Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
A delicious and simple casserole version of the dish every family loves - Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Casserole! Pasta, chicken, lots of cheese, and yummy seasonings make this pasta casserole a hit!
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.81 from 21 votes
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Main Course Three Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe
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!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.84 from 18 votes
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Main Course Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta 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!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Main Course Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe
Flavorful Lemon Chicken Pasta is covered in a delicious sauce made from lemons, whipping cream, cheeses, and fresh basil.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Main Course Chicken Asparagus Pasta Bake Recipe
Deliciously Cheesy Chicken asparagus pasta bake a favorite dish topped with panko and baked to crispy perfection!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Main Course Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Recipe
Easy and flavorful bruschetta chicken pasta is perfect for BBQs and get togethers. It's flavored parmesan and packed with chicken!!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Main Course Mozzarella Penne Recipe
Deliciously simple Mozzarella Penne with Italian Sausage is a super tasty and cheesy recipe everyone will love!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Main Course Creamy Sausage Penne Bake Recipe
Cheesy Creamy Sausage Penne Bake is a simple, delicious and hearty dinner recipe. It makes a tasty and filling weeknight meal!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Main Course Italian Sausage and Penne Recipe
Lightly sauced Italian Sausage and Penne is flavorful and filling. This kid-friendly dish comes together quickly for a busy weeknight meal!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Use Penne Instead

Use Penne Instead

These recipes are written using other pasta shapes, like bow tie pasta. However, you can easily substitute the pasta with penne pasta. 

Main Course Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Everyone loves this Italian Sausage Pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.92 from 47 votes
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garlic butter pasta on plate
Main Course Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe
A garlic butter-y pasta dish filled with green and red peppers, carrots, olives, cheese and parsley. It's so simple and so flavorful!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
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.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.69 from 16 votes
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Main Course Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Recipe
Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta - a creamy and delicious pasta dish filled with cheese, chicken and bacon all made in one pot! This pasta can't be beat!
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.8 from 10 votes
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Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Chinese Pasta Salad - filled with lettuce, noodles, fried wontons and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Main Course Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe
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.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.56 from 9 votes
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Main Course Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe
This cheesy Chicken Asparagus Pasta is one the whole family will love. It's flavorful and filled with everyone's favorite ingredients!! 
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes
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Main Course Pesto Pasta 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. 
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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