Penne Rustica – Romano’s Macaroni Grill


If I have to make a serious confession, then this is it! I absolutely love the pastas at Romano’s Macaroni Grill and if I usually like a certain pasta I hesitate on trying other things not because I don’t want to experiment but because I don’t want to let go of a single opportunity of having my favorite pasta there.
Let’s get real – When you have your pasta temptation you know what restaurant to walk into and serve your soul with a decadent pasta that you have been craving for. For me, for the most part has been – Romano’s Macaroni Grill. When in mood for Italian I prefer a rustic setting, real taste that takes me back to Italy.

I usually prefer penne pasta or ravioli, perhaps. My recent favorite is Penne Rustica as it melts in the mouth and tastes absolutely divine! I personally love the flavour of roasted bell peppers as they totally do the trick for me. It is made to perfection. This one is a must try and if you are a seafood lover then this is your way to absolute pasta heaven.

Alright! This is news! I have just got my hands on to the recipe for Penne Rustica provided by the Head Chef: Abdul Salam at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
You can now make Penne Rustica at home at your convenience.

Voila! Lets get started…

1. Boil the required amount penne pasta with a tea spoon of oil in the pot to avoid the pasta from getting sticky
2. Meanwhile, chop and cut fresh shallots, the whole prosciutto and thaw the shrimps
3. Grate some parmesan cheese on the side
4. It takes about 15-20 minutes and serves 2 people


½ fl oz ladle Canola Oil
½ tsp Shallots, chopped
½ oz Whole Proscuitto, julienned
5 pcs Shrimp (35/45), thawed
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Black Pepper, table grind
6 fl oz ladle Gratinata sauce
8 oz Penne Pasta, pre-cooked
1 oz Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/8 tsp Paprika
½ oz Roasted Red Peppers, julienned
¼ tsp Mediterranean Herb Mix


  1. Heat the sauté pan, and some add canola oil.
  2. Add chopped shallots and prosciutto pieces to the oil and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add shrimps and season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Add 3 oz chicken, and sauté until shrimps are golden in color (approximately for 1 minute)
  5. Add some Gratinata sauce and heat.
  6. Dip the Penne Pasta in boiling salted water until al dente and then drain thoroughly.  Thereafter, drain the pasta and return to the sauté pan.
  7. Place ingredients of the sauté pan on a serving plate with the shrimps on top and then sprinkle some Parmesan cheese.
  8. Add a dash of paprika onto the pasta.
  9. Place the dish in the oven and bake until it gets golden brown.
  10. Garnish with julienne roasted red peppers and sprinkle with the Mediterranean herb mix.

Enjoy cooking Penne Rustica at home and share your reviews on how it turned out to be?

About Romano Macaroni Grill

Inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine, culture, and conversation, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has been proudly serving unforgettable meals that leave a lasting impression to their deserving guests since 1988 – with knowledge, care and Italian charisma infused in everything they do. Romano Macaroni opened its first restaurant in Dubai on the 24th of May 2007 at Dubai Festival City, sighting a mimic of Grand Canal perfectly matching with its Italian cuisine offering. Year after year, it continues to grow, opening a restaurant in The Dubai Mall with seats overlooking The Aquarium in 2009. It offers the best of traditional Italian food sprinkled with fresh culinary innovations, encouraging its patrons to vent their creative expressions from a warm open kitchen paired with elegant fresh gladiolas, white table cloth topped with butcher paper and crayons and the sophistication of opera echoing against brick walls.

Mintberry xoxo

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