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Penne Rosa – Noodles & Company Copycat

Copy cat recipe of Noodle's and Co Penne Rosa. A spicy tomato cream sauce tossed with penne, tomatoes, and spinach - topped with parmesan chicken. Click here now for the full recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 626kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 24 ounces jar of marinara sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon + crushed red pepper flakes adjust depending on how spicy you like it
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces can sliced mushrooms drained or ½ cup fresh (optional)
  • 3 small tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • grated parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Using shallow bowls, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan in one, and an egg in the other.  Give the egg a quick scramble.
  • Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and coat both sides.
  • Immediately dip the chicken into the breadcrumb/parmesan mixture and coat both side.  Repeat for both chicken breasts.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is heated, add your chicken breasts and cook until they no longer stick to the pan.
  • Flip your chicken and cook the opposite side until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the pan and place on a plate to rest.  If you'd like to keep it warm - you and place the cooked breasts on a baking tray and rest in an oven set to 200 degrees.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan along with minced garlic.  Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add chicken broth to the skillet and deglaze the bottom by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom.
  • Toss in diced tomatoes and cook for one minute.
  • Add jarred marinara sauce to your skillet.
  • Toss in crushed red pepper.  Stir to combine and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Pour in heavy whipping cream.  Stir to combine.
  • Add spinach and mushrooms.
  • Toss in cooked penne pasta.  Toss to combine and add grilled chicken to the top.



Penne Rosa FAQ

How Can I make this vegetarian?
Swap out the chicken broth for Vegetable broth and omit the chicken.
How can I make this vegan?
Swap out the chicken broth for Vegetable broth.  Omit the chicken and the whipping cream.  Skip the parmesan as a garnish. Feel free to add tofu or extra veggies.
How do I get my chicken to not stick to the pan?
The chicken will naturally release from the pan when it is done cooking - so you shouldn't have to scrape it out of your frying pan at all.  So if you try to lift it and it is stuck, let it continue to cook.
Can I use vodka sauce rather than marinara sauce?
Yes - use your favorite jarred vodka sauce in place of the marinara sauce.  Omit the cream.
Is this the real Noodles & Co recipe?
No.  While I wish I had their secret recipe, this is my best stab at it.  Many have tried this recipe and find it to be pretty darn similar.
How do I store the leftovers?
Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.  Reheat leftovers in the microwave.  Will keep for 5 days.
At Noodles they offer both parmesan and feta as a garnish.  Can I use feta in place of parmesan?
Of course!  Feta adds a nice creamy touch to this dish in place of the parmesan.


Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 947mg | Potassium: 1145mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2392IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 4mg