Ingredients

How to make it

  • Bring 8 cups salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add the penne. Return the water to a boil and cook the pasta for 2 or 3 minutes, or until al dente. Drain the pasta, toss with the olive oil, and set aside.
  • In a very large saute pan over med-high heat, cook the diced pancetta for 6-8 minutes, or until crisp. Remove the pancetta from the saute pan and set it aside.
  • Squeeze the pulp from the head of roasted garlic. Add it, and the chopped garlic to the pancetta oil in the pan and saute until the mixture begins to give off its aroma, 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the wine and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until about 2 tablespoons of the liquid remain. Add the cream and cook for 4-5 more minutes, or until the cream thickens. Add half the Parmesan cheese and season the mixture with salt & pepper. Add the pasta and pancetta, mix together, and cook just until the pasta is heated through.
  • Place the pasta on a serving platter and top with the remaining cheese and basil leaves.
  • NOTE: If you can't find pancetta easily, substitute pepper bacon.

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  • mommyluvs2cook 5 months ago Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
  • mommyluvs2cook 4 years ago
    OMG this makes my mouth water!
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    " It was excellent "
    laurieg ate it and said...
    Finally made this! It has been sitting in the recipes to try portion of my cookbook for months LOL. Awesome recipe. Although to be honest I made a few minor changes 1. I had red wine opened not white so I used that, 2. made it with spagetti not penne. and 3. I used the tomatoes from my garden and they are not roma. Still awesome. SIL and kids ate over and loved it. Thanks
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  • kukla 5 years ago
    I'm thinkin' your boyfriend is a keeper :)
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    meals4abby ate it and said...
    This is nothing short of perfection!! Not only do I know I'll be making it, but will be making it often! Well as often as I can get away with without gaining 50 pounds!
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  • conner909 5 years ago
    This looks absolutely fantastic!
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  • lilliancooks 5 years ago
    I love all the ingredients in this recipe! Great photo also!
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    " It was excellent "
    krumkake ate it and said...
    I'm not sure if I should slap you or kiss you for this recipe! I made it tonight and my husband and I fought over who was going to get to lick the pan clean - who needs dishclothes with this recipe?!? Man, this is a 5fork+. The flavors are wonderful together - the tomatoes with the basil, the roasted and diced fresh garlic, the wine and cream...I can't say enough GOOD things about this one, folks. TRY IT - YOU'LL LOVE IT! Thanks, Luisa (and my hips send a big shout-out, too)
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  • binky67 5 years ago
    This sounds so good, I want it right now!!!
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  • wndwrd 5 years ago
    I made this last night. I couldnt find Pancetta , so I added shrimp instead . It was so GOOD !!!! I want to try it with the pancetta too. As soon as I can find some !! My boyfriend said it was better then having it in a restaurant ! I LOVE when I make something that everyone loves. :)
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    " It was excellent "
    linspj ate it and said...
    I am sure to try this soon. ^5...gotta love it when the guys cook for us!
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    " It was excellent "
    cookingforfun ate it and said...
    Great recipe 5 from me :)
    Arthur
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Roasted garlic makes a difference I look forward to in a quality Penne With Pancetta And Garlic Cream.
    Look great
    Five forks
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    " It was excellent "
    mamalou ate it and said...
    A fiver for sure! Looks delicious!
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