I often find myself scrambling for quick and easy dinner ideas. This easy Pepperoni Pesto Penna Pasta is one my whole family loves!
Are you like me and find yourself looking at the clock at 6:08 pm and suddenly realizing that you forgot to plan for dinner?
Please don’t tell me I’m the only one!
I work a part time job as well as this blog and also help with my husband’s business.
Add to that two busy teenagers and my day is chock full.
So it is quite simple for me to suddenly find myself behind on laundry, housework and cooking.
Friend, if any of this resonates with you – I got you!
This Pepperoni Pesto Penne Pasta has been a meal in rotation for many years in our home.
And yes, I’m a total word nerd and am geeking out over all the alliteration of the name!
It’s super simple, kid friendly, and can even be a bit posh if you jazz it up a bit.
And today you are in luck! I am joining some amazing gals, hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life, and we are all sharing some super yummy recipes with you all.
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Check out my recipe below:
Easy Pepperoni Pesto Penne Pasta
Forgot to plan for dinner? If you are looking for a quick and easy meal, this pasta dish is super simple and equally delish!
- 2 cups Uncooked Penne Rigate Pasta
- Thick Sliced Pepperoni (24 pieces)
- Sun-dried Tomatoes to taste
- 1/2 cup Premade Pesto Sauce
- Start by boiling your Penne Rigate Noodles - 10 minutes makes them perfectly al dente!
- Slice the pepperoni into quarters. If your sundried tomatoes aren't sliced, slice those as well.
- Add the pepperoni and sundried tomatoes to a non-stick frying pan and lightly saute until the pepperoni is warm. Watch closely as they cook quickly.
- Once your pepperoni are to your liking, add the pesto sauce to the pan and heat on low mixing throughly.
- Drain your noodles reserving a few tablespoons of the liquid.
- Add the noodles and liquid to the sauce pan and stir until combined.
- Serve and enjoy!
This easy pasta dish can have lots of additions. Here's what we've tried:
- Add a bit of cream to make the pesto sauce richer.
- This is delicious with artichoke hearts, but our kids weren't fans.
- Adding spinach to the dish would not only be yummy but would add color.
Amount Per Serving Calories 262Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 8mgSodium 167mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 7g
What I love about this dish is that it’s totally customizable!
Want a creamy dish? Add a bit of heavy cream to your pesto mix.
Add some spinach to make it Florentine-style.
One thing I love is that you can alter the dish for how many are being served.
Once, when my boys were out of town, I made this dish for one just by altering the amounts.
Super duper simple!
Let me know if you try this recipe! I would love to hear your thoughts or how your family liked it.
Now check out all the other recipes being shared!