Pat's Simple Penne

Pat's Simple Penne

8 Reviews 1 Pic
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    25 m
Recipe by  4746161412

“Easy as one, two, three! Everyone loves this - from kids to adults. Also great as leftovers and is super served alone or with grilled chicken.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.
  3. Add sliced onions to skillet and cook over medium heat in bacon fat until slightly browned. Add broth, hot pepper flakes, and bacon; simmer until ready to serve.
  4. Add penne to mixture in skillet and heat until warmed through; serve immediately.

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This was a pretty good simple recipe that my family enjoyed (including my 2 year old). I used smoked sausage instead of bacon, and added peas. Both were tasty. It could use a little more flavor, however. I will probably add some garlic with the onion next time. My husband liked it with parmesan cheese, too.



This had a good flavor and was super simple...very good for busy weeknights. For that I give it a 4 star! I took it a little further though by jazzing it up a little (aka... made it totally unhealthy/fattening but really tasty - eat in moderation!) by giving it a pinch or two of garlic powder, draining the juices and adding them to cream of chicken soup, a little milk, ground black pepper, adding it back to the penne in a casserole dish, put a mild, white grated cheese on top with a little bit of grated sharp cheddar to give it color... baked it until melted and bubbly. Yum. That made it a FIVE star.



put in some spinach for extra umph... real simple but it is a nice mix of flavors

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 501 cal
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 28.3 g
  • 44%
  • Carbs
  • 42 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 1301 mg
  • 52%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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