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Spicy Pepper Penne

Candace Greene of Columbiana, Ohio sure knows how to bring a bit of Sicily to the supper table! Let her zesty combination of pepperoni, pasta and peppers add a little kick to your dinner lineup.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 3-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, layer the pasta, rosemary, pepperoni, pepperoncini and red peppers. Add water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Add cream and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat.
Editor's Note
Look for pepperoncini (pickled peppers) in the pickle and olive section of your grocery store.

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  • fredle
    Jan 25, 2014

    quick and easy

  • Tuba4lfe
    May 9, 2013

    Quick and easy dish for a last-minute or weeknight meal! I substituted arrabiata sauce for the cream--it kept it lighter and added a little more spice. Delicious! It will definitely be a family staple.

  • jodianndan
    Dec 29, 2011

    My boys favorite dish. The one thing I must make every time they are home from college.

  • jillmace
    Jul 12, 2011

    Great recipe! The whole family loves it. One of our favorites. We have even added chicken to it-it's delicious!

  • Shellyrmn
    Sep 6, 2010

    We LOVE this recipe just as written. It is our teenage boy's favorite and most requested recipe. So easy and tasty!

  • kelly_mintz
    Dec 27, 2009

    We love this dish but changed the pepperoni to cooked italian sausage. This seem to cut down on the greasyness.