Penne Recipes That Make Weeknight Meals Awesome Again

Oven-baked, skillet-fried or smothered with sauce, penne is where its at.

When it comes to pasta, we don't discriminate. We will always give in to another slice of lasagna. We could live off fettuccine and be more than happy about it. We will never get bored with spaghetti, no matter how many times we've eaten it. And when faced with a plate of penne, we count our lucky stars and dig in.

Pasta will never cease to make us feel loved. Each shape and presentation offers its own unique strengths, but we particularly love how well penne does in the oven -- baked under a layer of cheese. Or cooked up snug in a skillet, soaking up the flavors of the dish. Or even paired with spicy sausage for a hearty, food-comma inducing dish. It's glorious each and every way.

Here are 17 of our favorites:

1
Creamy Cajun Chicken Penne Pot
How Sweet It Is
Get the Creamy Cajun Chicken Penne Pot recipe from How Sweet It Is
2
Spicy Parmesan Shrimp Pasta
Damn Delicious
Get the Spicy Parmesan Shrimp Pasta recipe from Damn Delicious
3
Penne Bake With Spinach And Tomatoes
Bev Cooks
4
Healthy Mushroom Alfredo Pasta Bake
Pinch of Yum
5
Penne With Roasted Cauliflower And Lemon Caper Vinaigrette
Two Peas and their Pod
6
Kale Penne And Cheese
Bobbi Lin/Food52
Get the Kale Penne and Cheese recipe from healthierkitchen via Food52
7
30 Minute Baked Chicken Penne
How Sweet It Is
Get the 30 Minute Baked Chicken Penne recipe from How Sweet It Is
8
20-Minute Lemon Pesto Penne
Pinch of Yum
Get the 20-Minute Lemon Pesto Penne recipe from Pinch of Yum
9
Skillet Italian Sausage And Peppers With Penne
Oh Sweet Basil
10
Roasted Butternut Baked Penne
How Sweet It Is
Get the Roasted Butternut Baked Penne recipe from How Sweet It Is
11
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
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Get the Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup recipe from foxesloveslemon via Food52
12
Chicken Mozzarella Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Julia's Album
13
Penne Pasta In A Roasted Beet Sauce
Bev Cooks
14
Pasta Con Asparagi
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Pasta con Asparagi recipe from Genius Recipes via Food52
15
Penne With Trapanese Pesto
Bev Cooks
Get the Penne with Trapanese Pesto recipe from Bev Cooks
16
Penne Pasta With Meat Sauce
Simply Recipes
Get the Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes
17
Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake
Damn Delicious
Get the Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake recipe from Damn Delicious
18
Spicy Sausage And Pepper Pasta
Two Peas and their Pod
Get the Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta recipe from Two Peas and their Pod

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