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Italian Penne Rosa Pasta

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Penne rosa pasta is an easy pasta dish with a creamy sauce. You can make the whole penne rosa recipe in one pot. This quick and simple Italian pasta with tomato cream sauce is ideal for a busy weeknight supper.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 Pound penne pasta, penne, cooked
  • 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 Cups spinach
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion , small
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Can crushed tomatoes, 28 ounce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 Sprigs parsley , for garnish
  • 1 Cup mozzarella cheese


  • In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once oil is shimmering, add onion and bell pepper.Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper flakes. Saute for an additional minute
  • Add crushed tomatoes and bay leaves to the pot, mix well then cover. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 4 to 5 minutes
  • Remove bay leaves. Add heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper, spinach. Mix well and cover, allow spinach to cook down, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked penne. Add mozzarella cheese and parsley. Stir well, remove from heat. Garnish with fresh parsley or parmesan.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3912IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 4mg
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