Macaroni Grill is my husband’s absolute favorite place to eat and when
we get the chance to go, we always split the the Penne Rustica!
I found this recipe some time ago on Your Home Based Mom.
I made a few customizations of my own to make it a little closer to the original
and I tell you what, there is no other copycat recipe as close as this one is
to the original flavor!
12 oz. grilled chicken breast
1/4 lbs. Pancetta
1/4 lbs. Prosciutto
2 boxes penne pasta
1 1/2large red bell peppers- diced and sautéed till soft
1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
½ tsp paprika for sauce and some to sprinkle on top!
3 cups Mozzarella cheese
2 tbs. butter
3 large cloves chopped garlic
1/3 apple juice + 2 tbs. red wine vinegar + 1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary and several sprigs for garnish
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
4 cups heavy cream + 3/4 cup milk
Sauté garlic and peppers in butter in large pan.
Add apple juice mixture, mustard, salt, rosemary, cayenne pepper,
and heavy cream and milk.
Cook pasta according to directions.
Chop pancetta and prosciutto into small pieces and then fry
in a skillet. Slice chicken into medium-bite size pieces.
(***Tip, when grilling chicken at any time be sure to add a couple extra
breasts on the grill. Then slice up and throw in the freezer for future meals
like this one. This Saved me a good hours worth of time! )
Combine sauce, cooked pasta, diced chicken, pancetta, prosciutto,
bell peppers, parmesan cheese, and paprika and mix thoroughly.
Spread in pans, and top with chopped rosemary and mozzarella cheese.
Garnish with 3 rosemary sprigs in each pan.
When I set out to make this recipe I did not realize how large the recipe
was, but I was incredibly grateful that it did!
In one prep I made four dinners at once. Considering the amount of work
involved up front it was very beneficial to get three future dinners done
at the same time.
Bake @ 475 for 10 minutes. If frozen, thaw in refrigerator the day of.
Cover with foil and bake @ 375 for 1 hour. Remove foil during the last 15 minutes.
Number Of Servings: Yields 4
Preparation Time: More than an hour
Future suggestions… As we started to eat we realized that the ONLY thing that
was missing was the shrimp! So next time I will add lightly sautéed Shrimp.
I chose to serve this with a simple salad and sourdough bread,
baked and buttered with garlic-butter.
Taking the time to set a simple table Scape sets the mood
and some how makes the food taste that much better!
Making dinner at home special also makes it easier to make
the choice to eat at home.
We even played some Italian music as we ate!
This is a great meal for date night, Valentines Day,
Italian themed movie night, Birthday Celebration,
or Father’s day. Here is a fantastic dessert to
accompany any Italian meal!
This is now a permanent recipe in my rotation of
bulk meals. Since we are in Flagstaff now, and there
is not a Macaroni Grill here, this helps to satisfy
my husbands withdrawals!Pin It