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Pepperoni Penne Carbonara

Sun-dried tomatoes and turkey pepperoni lend fantastic flavor to this creamy, hearty pasta dish. It's a great change of pace from everyday spaghetti. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped turkey pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, soak tomatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes; drain well.
  • In a large skillet, saute tomatoes in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the pepperoni, cheese, cream, basil, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until heated through. Drain pasta; toss with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 483 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 1245mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • cindylcan
    Apr 4, 2016

    Made this tonight for dinner. My family liked it. It has good flavor, I just didn't care for the turkey pepperoni in it. I knew one cup would be too much, so I cut it to a half cup or so. If I make it again, I will just omit the turkey pepperoni.

  • mjlouk
    Jan 21, 2016

    This was really good! Everyone really liked it. I will definitely make this again.

  • PamCotter
    Jan 19, 2016

    A great change to pasta night. I will definitely make this again.

  • Susie913
    Oct 29, 2015

    Very easy, quick dish to make. I used the ready to eat Italian seasoned dried tomato and cut them into small pieces and found that was more than enough for the dish. My husband and son are hearty eaters so used a full package of regular Italian pepperoni. I used a pizza cutter to quickly cut stacks of the pepperoni and was done in less than a minute.I added the shredded cheese as a topping instead of mixing in. Just sprinkled on top, covered and let heat on low a few minutes until melted.

  • I_Fortuna
    Oct 17, 2015

    Four stars for using turkey pepperoni. Good quality original pepperoni is paramount for flavor. Otherwise, great dish : )

  • angela32
    Jul 22, 2015

    Very easy and tastes great. I used regular pepperoni because that's what I had on hand, so I omitted the extra salt.

  • Katydid224
    Jan 7, 2015

    This was delicious. I did make a few changes. As suggested in a prior review I cut the sun dried tomatoes down to 1 cup. There was plenty of flavor, any more would have been too much. Also, the next time I make this I am going to stir in the Parmesan cheese right before serving; after all the other ingredients have been mixed with the pasta. When added before, the cheese melted and made it "gloppy" ,therefore, making it hard to mix with the pasta. My family are picky eaters and they all came back for seconds!

  • fnstlug
    Nov 23, 2014

    Easy and good. I thought it had just the right blend of pepperoni spiciness to creaminess. Wouldn't really call it carbonara though.

  • Igraine32
    May 13, 2014

    I thought this tasted amazing. Maybe a tad too many sundries tomatoes. I used a dry pack thinking it was enough but it only measured to one cup. I made up the other cup with some tomatoes I had in oil. Like the previous reviewer, I washed all the oil off & soaked them with the dry. Didn't notice the difference between them in the recipe, but like I said it was too much. Still really good though. Next time I'll just use the one dry pack.

  • megan0508
    Dec 10, 2012

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