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Easy Penne Rosa

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The back-to-school hustle is underway and it can be a bit crazy to get dinner on the table. This easy penne rosa is a recipe you are going to be so glad to add to your recipe collection.

Now you may be asking what a rosa sauce is that is used in this easy penne rosa? Well, it’s a delicious combination of a tomato based marinara and a creamy alfredo sauce. The name comes from the Italian word for “pink”, which is the resulting color of this sauce. It’s a great choice that marries the tomato and cream sauces for a twist on the classics.

Now you could serve this sauce over any pasta, but I particularly love using the penne shape. It is cylindrical in shape with angled edges. The angled ends of this shaped pasta allows it for the sauce to cling to it, ensuring flavor in every bit. So start the water for the pasta and then begin to make the sauce.


This sauce begins with cooking a pound of ground beef in a skillet along with some diced onion. Once the beef is fully cooked, you want to drain off any excess grease and then mix in a little minced garlic. Next comes the marinara sauce. Just use your favortite sauce from a jar and heat through. Then you also add in some cream.

All that’s left to do is serve the sauce over the cooked penne and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese. I also served it with some homemade focaccia bread that’s ready in 90 minutes. That recipe will post on Thursday, so be sure to stop back. It was the perfect thing to use to sop up every last stop of this tasty rosa sauce from my plate.

Easy Penne Rosa | realmomkitchen.com

Easy Penne Rosa

Real Mom Kitchen

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 263 kcal


  • 1 16 oz pkg penne pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 28 oz jar marinara sauce
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Cook pasta according to pacakge directions.
  • In the meantime, in a large pot or deep skillet, brown your hamburger and onion until fully cooked.  Drain off grease. Mix in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add in the pasta sauce and combine well. Warm until heated through. Add in the heavy cream and stir to combine.
  • Serve sauce over the cooked penne and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serves 6.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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Recipe inspired by More or Less Cooking.

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