Copycat Macaroni Grill's Penne Rustica

Copycat Macaroni Grill's Penne Rustica


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The Penne Rustica from Macaroni Grill is so incredibly delicious. This recipe delivers all the flavors of you have come to expect from the Penne Rustica and of a typical Italian pasta. This quick and easy recipe is sure to satisfy any hungry stomach.

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Time needed

5 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

2 servings


  • ¾ lb. penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp. margarine
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp. thyme
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup tomato sauce

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In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Place pasta in boiling water and cook for about 12 minutes or until al dente. Place large sauce pan over high heat. Pour margarine and tomato sauce into the pan, allow 2 minutes of cook time. Mix in garlic, thyme, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Cook for about 5 minutes. Pour over pasta and mix until pasta is fully covered.

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