Penne Rigate with Brussels Sprouts and Gorgonzola
Penne with Shrimp and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Paprika, cumin, and ginger lend their aromatic alchemy to a simple, no-cook tomato sauce. You can use the sauce with a wide range of ingredients
Penne with Smoked Chicken and Mascarpone
Penne with Asparagus, Peas, Mushrooms and Cream
This simple vegetarian pasta combines the flavors of spring—mushrooms, peas and asparagus—in a luscious creamy sauce.
Risotto-Style Penne with Tomatoes and Zucchini Blossoms
Fabio Trabocchi, an F&W Best New Chef, likes this unusual method of cooking pasta in the style of risotto to create a rich, silky sauce. "It works beautifully with small shapes like penne," he says. A really good imported slow-dried pasta will be quite porous, which allows it to soak up liquid bit by bit, just as rice does in risotto; it also means the pasta will maintain its shape as it becomes al dente.
Pennette with Spicy Tomato Sauce
When he was trying to lose weight, Mark Strausman relied on this garlicky, rustic whole wheat pasta. Not only is it loaded with fiber and lycopene-rich canned tomatoes, but it’s also deeply satisfying.
Penne Rigate with Spicy Braised Swordfish
The tomato sauce here—with big pieces of flaked swordfish and slivers of jalapeño—gets nicely absorbed by the penne. And, judge Michael Schlow adds, “There’s a good proportion of tomatoes and fish to pasta, and it all comes together so well.”
Mexican-Style Chicken with Penne
Adding a small amount of canned chipotle chiles in adobo (available at most supermarkets) makes a basic tomato sauce smoky and complex. Finishing the dish with queso blanco and chopped cilantro leaves intensifies the Latin flavor.
Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas
Baked Penne with Sausage and Creamy Ricotta
This hearty pasta dish is studded with chunks of Italian sausage and mixed with a quick garlic-infused tomato sauce. It's then topped with dollops of fresh ricotta and a sprinkling of both mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano, which form a cheesy layer as the pasta bakes.
Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Ham
Soft and creamy mascarpone cheese forms the base for a pasta sauce that's deliciously rich and absolutely simple. This dish also makes a fabulous first course for six.
Penne with Chicken and Pickled Peppers
F&W's Justin Chapple uses only six ingredients in his simple and spicy pasta; it's a perfect weeknight meal.