Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Romano's Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica (copycat recipe)

Romano's Macaroni Grill is one of my favorite restaurants!

After checking out the ingredient list, I can't wait to make this . . . shrimp and chicken with penne in a rich cream sauce spiked with marsala wine!

I don't think I will be able to wait for a special occasion to make this . . .


Gratinata sauce:

    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon dill
    • 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary
    • 1/2 cup marsala wine
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 4 cups heavy cream

Penne Rustica:

    • 1/2 ounce pancetta or 1/2 ounce bacon
    • 9 shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 6 ounces grilled chicken breasts, sliced
    • 8 -12 ounces penne pasta, cooked
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped pimiento
    • 3 ounces butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon chopped shallot
    • 1/2 pinch salt and pepper
    • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


For Gratinata Sauce: 

Saute butter, garlic, and rosemary until garlic begins to brown.

Add Marsala wine and reduce by one-third.

Add remaining ingredients, reduce by half of the original volume.

Set aside.

For Penne Rustica: 

Saute pancetta until it begins to brown.

Add butter, shallots, and shrimp.

Cook until shrimp are evenly pink but still translucent.

Add chicken, salt, pepper, and mix thoroughly.

Add gratinata sauce and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

Simmer until sauce thickens.

In a large bowl, combine shrimp & chicken mixture with the cooked pasta.

Pour into a large casserole dish or roaster.

Top with remaining cheese, pimientos and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake at 475 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove and garnish with fresh rosemary sprig.

Recipe Source


Adelina Priddis said...

Mm that does sound good. I haven't been to a Romano's in a very long time. Thanks for sharing it on Foodie Friday

Gina Alfani said...

Hey Adelina!

It has been a very long time since I've been to Romano's too. Love that restaurant!! I could make a meal of their little bread loaves and salad :)

Thanks for visiting and commenting! Have a great weekend . . . Gina

Unknown said...

I was not going to have dinner b/c I had a late lunch and now I am craving pasta. Thanks for linking this to FRIDAY Frenzy this week.

Gina Alfani said...

LOL Maria! That is the bad thing about those linky parties and visiting food blogs :)

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Miz Helen said...

What a great recipe, we are going to just love it! Happy St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Gina Alfani said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting Miz Helen! Happy St. Patricks Day to you too :)

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