Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta with Jalapeno Poppers

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I’m taking a break from talking your ears off about my Europe trip today to tell you all about what went down this Halloween weekend with this mm-mazing Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta with Jalapeno Poppers! (Which, I suppose, is Italian food, so I suppose we’re still talking about Italy today. Bite me, Italy rocks.)

This weekend we invited over our new “global siblings” family for a Halloween potluck & party. The fam is part of a program that helps international and domestic students connect throughout the year in an open, welcoming environment, and this year Anson & I are co-coordinators for our 30-sib group! About twenty of us crammed ourselves into my cozy apartment on Saturday night, dressed to the nines in pirate gear and oblique Game of Thrones costumes involving dragons. We all had such a blast, getting to know each other and mingling and chowing down and, in typical grad student fashion, drinking. Four hours prior, however, the fun had already begun–A had brought his bluetooth speakers and we were jamming out to 80s dance music in my kitchen while exchanging costumes (I was young Ellie from Up, he had a kangaroo onesie) and cooking up a storm with this bomb-amazing pasta!

Halloween Kangaroo

Diligently preparing pasta–perfect for entertaining season!–for our sibling potluck

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One of the things that I love most about this pasta is that, amidst all the bustle and business of trying to get ready in time for the family party and the rest of the entertaining season, it only took 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Knowing under what time crunch we’d be operating on Saturday afternoon, I had made a trip over to Walmart the day before to grab a box of Farm Rich jalapeno poppers and another of breaded mushrooms in the frozen food aisle of the store, thinking that I’d toss them into one of our pasta potluck dishes. Turns out, I ended up eating half the box before we even made the pasta!

Thankfully, Farm Rich apps are made with wholesome ingredients and ready in just minutes, so I was a pretty happy camper all in all. Plus, it turns out that the kick from these jalapeno poppers is the absolutely perfect and unexpected complement to the creamy 15-minute tomato cream sauce that I made, so win-win-and-win all around! (Pro tip: if you sign up for the Farm Rich Loyalty Club, you can even receive exclusive offers and recipes to go along with this delicious pasta!) This is the perfect dish to make now that the busy holiday season is coming up, and I’m already planning to make more to bring for our Friendsgiving fam dinner in a few weeks.

Hope you all had a spook-tacular Halloween and are excited for the coming weeks! How will you be celebrating the holiday season with friends/family?

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Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta with Jalapeno Poppers

Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta with Jalapeno Poppers

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Make your pasta really POP this fall season with the addition of Farm Rich jalapeno poppers! This unexpected spicy twist sets off a perfectly creamy tomato penne pasta that takes only 20 minutes from start to table.


  • 16 oz. penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 vegetarian sausages, sliced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarrella cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 Farm Rich jalapeno poppers


  1. Bring a lightly salted pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to instructions for 8-10 minutes, until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat up oil in a heavy pan and pan-fry sliced sausages for 2-3 minutes, until browned. Add tomatoes and red pepper flakes, then simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream and simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes, then turn off heat. Stir in cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in pasta, then transfer to a large serving plate. Top with jalapeno poppers and enjoy!


18 Replies to “Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta with Jalapeno Poppers”

  1. Poppers and pasta! A pan of this greatness would vanish at my house!

  2. Would never have thought of combining jalapeno poppers and penne! Fun dish, nifty costume. 🙂

    1. Me neither, but my tummy is so glad I did! 🙂

  3. This is making me so hungry!!! I am a fan of jalapeño poppers and would enjoy to try them with this pasta. Love the fun costume too.

    1. haha thanks, Denise! Onesies are surprisingly amazing xo hope you had a great Halloween too!

  4. Awwww you make a great host in that costume. And pasta with jalapeno poppers do get along very well. I need to have a big bowl of this for dinner tonight!

  5. Oooohhh there are poppers in the pasta?? You are creative lady!!

    1. hahaha grad school begets resourcefulness, yeah? 😉

  6. […] creamy tomato penne pasta with jalapeno poppers sounds like the perfect weeknight […]

  7. Your weekend sounded awesome and I love your costume! Pasta is always a hit around here and this yummy one sounds perfect for busy weeknights!!

    1. Yes’m, this pasta is busy-time perfect!

  8. OMG this is fusion at its most brilliant and at its best. I want to be eating jalapeño poppers and pasta RIGHT NOW.

    1. Next up: onion rings, SAY WHAT?? (J/k…maybe?)

  9. Girl…. I love your onezy SO much, I’ve got a Unicorn onezy that is THE BEST cooking up a storm on a cold & nasty winter’s day outfit.
    Now… as for this recipe dear friend….. love it, sounds deliciously zingy.

    1. HEHE UNICORN ONESIE <3 <3 <3

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