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Pat's Simple Penne Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Pat's Simple Penne

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"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 makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 21, 2008

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 27, 2005

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


11 Ratings

Jan 30, 2008

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.

Apr 10, 2005

This was really good. I added small white beans. Spinach would be good also. Quick and healthy-(use your own home-made chicken broth of course)

Jun 26, 2007

This is a yummy dish thats really easy to make. I think that next time, and there will be a next time, I might add some extra tomatoes.

Jan 04, 2011

This was pretty bland but okay. Add some zing and it'd be way better.

Aug 26, 2005

Super easy and tasted good. Family liked it. Not a stellar, serve it for company kind of dish but a good basic easy weeknight dinner. I will certainly make it again.

Nov 20, 2008

I enjoyed the flavor of this pasta...but the bacon lost all of its crispness and became very limp after simmering in the broth. Perhaps cutting the bacon into smaller pieces and only using half in the pasta - the other half as a garnish on top when serving would add to the texture and pleasing appearance of the dish.


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  • Calories
  • 501 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 28.3 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1301 mg
  • 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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