Olive Garden Penne Romana ( Copycat )

Total Time
10 mins
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!

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  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!