Olive Garden Penne Romana ( Copycat )

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Inspired by Romana Neri, head chef at Olive Garden Riserva di Fizzano restaurant in Tuscany and the Culinary Institute of Tuscany, this is a simple and delicious pasta dish with fresh green beans, tomatoes and extra-virgin olive oil tossed with penne in a white wine herb sauce. Adapted from Lanier Publishing. There is a large Italian population in New England!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Romana Sauce:.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan at medium high heat. Add onions and crushed red pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in wine, rosemary, parsley and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch and chicken or vegetable broth. Add mixture to sauce and stir well. Bring to a boil and set aside.
  4. Pasta:.
  5. Heat saute pan over medium heat. Add green beans and tomato and cook for 1 minute. Add Romana sauce and hot, cooked and drained penne pasta. Add Romano and Parmesan cheeses. Stir well with a spoon, making sure the pasta is well coated.
  6. Serve hot. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

This was very good. I too cut the liquid by half so as not to make it soupy. I used just a tad more cornstarch and it thickened up after I let it sit a bit. I would definately make this again. Thanks for the nice change of "pasta" pace.

Auntie Jan July 09, 2006

Delightful, loved the aroma of the Romana Sauce while cooking, launched a debate as to which dish "starred" (we served this with Recipe#306681). We decided we were silly, because both of our dishes were superior, and could be the star of any meal. If you are omnivore, you could add torn up rotisserie chicken or cooked shrimp to make this a complete meal. I included a photo of Step 5, in which I had 6 oz. of dry penne pasta, cooked; we ended up straining it a bit to eat with Recipe#306681 on the main plate. I loved, loved, loved this dish! Made for Rookie Recipe Tag.

KateL November 11, 2013

Very good and light meal. A different type of pasta sish for hubby and I and perfect for such a cold fall evening. I did add in some leftover chicken shreds from dinner (Tues.) at the last minute to warm through. What a delight this was. Served with homemade rye bread and shredded mozzerella cheese for garnish. Made for Think Pink 2010 in Honor of Sharon 123's husband.

Chef1MOM-Connie October 22, 2010

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