This copycat penne rustica recipe from Macaroni Grill is my kids absolute favorite dinner – A creamy, cheesy sauce with fresh herbs and spices has a definite kick. This chicken penne pasta is easy to make and tastes amazing.
So this is a total twist (as in it’s missing a bunch of stuff – shrimp and smoked pancetta) on penne rustica from macaroni grill.
It’s a spicy creamy sauce over mini penne and sauteed chicken! Mmmm It’s one of my kids absolute favorites, when they smell me cooking it, they come RUNNING!
I make a double batch of the sauce, then put aside half so we can have it again a few days layer with fresh chicken and pasta (but way less work!)
I also LOVE fresh herbs, Rosemary is one of my favorites and fresh rosemary makes ALL the difference. I like to make this dinner with my Rosemary Bread Recipe.
I don’t bake it after mixing it (to get a crisp top) because I feel it dries it out too much, but feel free to put it in a cute dish, sprinkle more Parmesan on top and broil it a few mins before serving!
You can use chicken broth instead of the “better than bullion” but I prefer being able to control my own chicken stock flavor, and I’ve never had a chicken broth that had as good of a flavor as the better than bullion has!
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Chicken Penne Pasta
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 3 Tbsp cooking wine
- 2 C heavy whipping cream
- 1 C grated fresh parmesan
- 1/2 C whole milk
- 1/2 C water
- 1/2 tsp better than boullion - chicken
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
- 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 lbs penne pasta cooked al dente and drained I like the mini penne
- 2 chicken breast sautéed and sliced I cube it for my kids
- Melt butter in sauce pan, add garlic and sweat for 5 mins.
- Add wine cook for another 5 mins.
- Add the next 10 ingredients and whisk until smooth.
- Simmer 10 mins until thick.
- Stir in the pasta, meat and sauce top with more parmesan and serve!
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