This copycat Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica recipe is insanely delicious and every bit as yummy as the real deal!
My savvy friend Angela from Nashville, TN, was raving about this Copycat Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica recipe a few weeks ago, so I decided to try it out over the Christmas holidays. Oh. My. Glory! It is literally one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever put in my mouth! We had friends over for dinner when I served this, and they literally raved!
Macaroni Grill’s Penne Rustica is the most popular menu item at the restaurant and also my personal favorite. This recipe nails it as far as copycat recipes go. It tastes similar enough to fool even seasoned penne rustica fans.
Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica is served in individual baking dishes; this recipe can definitely be made as such. There are several dishes similar to the MG one pictured below.
I tweaked Todd Wilbur’s copycat recipe slightly and am sharing the recipe as I made it. As always, I share brands I used if applicable.
Make ahead: The chicken, gratinata sauce, and pasta can be made up to one day ahead and refrigerated until just before assembling and baking the dish.
Savvy kitchen tools for this recipe…..
- A good whisk. This OXO flat whisk is my fave.
- A garlic press. I use this garlic twist and love it.
- A pasta pot with drain holes in lid. Mine is fab, less than $20, and PINK! (This pot comes in a wide variety of colors…..I use mine ALL the time.
- Kitchen shears for snipping fresh herbs and chopping prosciutto, chicken, shrimp…
If you try this copycat Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica recipe, please leave your thoughts and comments! I love hearing from readers and welcome any feedback!
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