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    Romano's Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica

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    Sandylee's Note:

    The sauce is the key to this recipe....HEAVY CREAM, PARMESAN CHEESE, WINE, etc. with CHICKEN & SHRIMP, cooking the penne pasta is the easy part. This recipe makes an ample amount, and too tricky for me to attempt to scale it down. I am posting it to take advantage of Recipezaar's calculations to reduce a recipe. I'm not sure how much this recipe feeds, but I am going to guess at 8-10 servings.

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    Units: US | Metric

    Gratinata sauce use 4 1/2 cups

    Penne Rustica


    1. 1
      For Gratinata Sauce: Saute butter, garlic, and rosemary until garlic begins to brown.
    2. 2
      Add Marsala wine and reduce by one-third.
    3. 3
      Add remaining ingredients, reduce by half of the original volume.
    4. 4
      Set aside.
    5. 5
      For Penne Rustica: Saute pancetta until it begins to brown.
    6. 6
      Add butter, shallots, and shrimp.
    7. 7
      Cook until shrimp are evenly pink but still translucent.
    8. 8
      Add chicken, salt, pepper, and mix thoroughly.
    9. 9
      Add gratinata sauce and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
    10. 10
      Simmer until sauce thickens.
    11. 11
      In a large bowl, combine shrimp& chicken mixture with the cooked pasta.
    12. 12
      Pour into a large casserole dish or roaster.
    13. 13
      Top with remaining cheese, pimientos and sprinkle with paprika.
    14. 14
      Bake at 475 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
    15. 15
      Remove and garnish with fresh rosemary sprig.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 12, 2009


      I found this recipe on another website and have made it several times. It is perfect and feeds quite the crowd. I always make 1.5 the sauce then split it and put one casserole in the freezer for later since it's so time consuming. LOVE IT THOUGH!!

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    • on March 13, 2007


      Oh wow! I couldn't tell that this was made at home -it was exactly like the Macaroni Grill's Penne Rustica. I did make some changes though - I used proscuitto (simply b/c that's what Macaroni Grill uses) and I opted to use roasted red peppers instead of the pimento. I also added a small amount (@ 1/2 tsp garlic powder to the sauce) and some emeril's essence. Wow this was ultra yummy!

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    • on October 16, 2011


      I also made this for my BF and it was way too heavy. So this time I am cutting down on the butter and cream. I also tossed some fresh spinach into it and YUMMY.

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    Nutritional Facts for Romano's Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica

    Serving Size: 1 (286 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 770.4
    Calories from Fat 541
    Total Fat 60.1 g
    Saturated Fat 36.8 g
    Cholesterol 233.8 mg
    Sodium 309.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 15.6 g

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    salt and pepper

    fresh rosemary

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