Hearty ZENB Penne with Pancetta & Tomatoes


PREP TIME 5 minutes

COOK TIME 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 469g
Servings: 4

Calories: 520

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat16g21%
Saturated Fat5g25%
Dietary Fiber15g54%
Total Sugar12g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 262mg 20%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1261mg 25%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


This chef-crafted recipe brings to life a flavorful version of a classic Italian pasta dish. Using ZENB Penne Pasta, this dish delivers a good source of fiber and stays low in calories. Taking only 25 minutes to make, this recipe combines convenience with elevated taste appeal.


  • 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Penne Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces pancetta, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced 1 can (28 ounces) crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ground black pepper



Cook ZENB Pasta 2 minutes less than directed on package. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water; drain.


Meanwhile, heat oil, pancetta, onion and garlic in large skillet on medium heat. Cook 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent. Stir in reserved pasta water, tomatoes, salt and pepper flakes; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 8-10 minutes while scraping up the browned bits on bottom of pan until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in pasta; cook 1-2 minutes, until pasta is tender.


Remove pan from heat; add cheese and vinegar. Mix gently until cheese is melted and well combined. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper before serving.

Tasty Tips

For 2 servings, this recipe can easily be cut in half.

This dish is a flavorful version of classic Italian pasta all’ Amatriciana. The Italian original utilizes guanciale, or salt-cured pork jowl, instead of pancetta. Pancetta is a cured, unsmoked pork belly. It is usually available near the specialty cheeses in the refrigerated deli section of the grocery store.

Chopped bacon would be a great substitute for the pancetta.

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