Penne With Onions, Rosemary and Orange Marmalade

Posted on by on April 30th, 2011 | 22 Comments »

I don’t make pasta that often (even though I would like to eat it everyday if possible) as we try and stay away from starchy carbs in the house as much as we can. Being carb loving freaks, we sometimes fail miserably and devour pasta with crusty bread on the side or go through an entire bag of pita with our hummus. But, usually we stick to it.

The craving for a bowl of pasta hit when we got home after a week of exploring Istanbul through our stomachs. With the heavy seasoned kebaps and sugar drenched pastries Istanbul offered, we were in dire need of a fresh light meal.

Pasta is the perfect go to meal. Filling, comforting and delicious. With a million different ways to make it, a pasta dish can be the perfect light lunch, hearty dinner or excellent side dish. Baked, smothered in sauce, with cheese, vegetables or meat, as a salad or just plain, the possibilities are endless.

I opted for a light version that wouldn’t sit too heavy in our stomachs after eating. This dish is inspired by a recipe from Food and Wine’s annual cookbook 2009. It is kept light with just a few ingredients and no heavy sauce smothering the pasta. The addition of orange marmalade gives the dish a perfect spring or summer feel, which for us was wonderful since when we returned to Be’er Sheva we were hit with 90F days. The flavors of the salty pancetta, sauteed onions and orange marmalade come together wonderfully giving you the perfect balance of savory and sweetness in each bite.

Wonderful as a light meal or a starter for company (since the marmalade mixture can be prepared up to 4 hours before serving). With this easy to prepare dish with under 7 ingredients you really can’t go wrong.

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
5 Ounces Sliced Pancetta, Chopped
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Teaspoons Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
2 1/2 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade
1 Pound Pene Pasta (or whichever pasta you have on hand)
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper


In a saucepan heat oil and add onions and rosemary. Sautee until onions are slightly tender, about 10 minutes.
Add pancetta and continue sauteing until onions are golden and pancetta is crisp, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the orange marmalade and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring a large of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente.
Drain pasta and return to pot.
Add onion marmalade mixture and toss well.
Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.



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  1. Posted on: 4-30-2011

    Yum! I would never think to put marmalade in pasta, but it sounds incredible!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-1-2011

      Katherine, it was so good, and so easy! Perhaps even a new drunk pasta for you guys 🙂

  2. Posted on: 4-30-2011

    This does sound like the perfect light meal. Great for the warm summer nights that should be here soon!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-1-2011

      Thanks Vicki! It is most definitely a perfect summer meal

  3. Posted on: 4-30-2011

    We’re carb loving freaks around here too and this pasta looks right up my alley! Looking forward to reading some of your posts on Istabul. It’s on my list of places to visit!

    You’re blog is so lovely-I’ve really been enjoying reading it. I’m heading over to follow you on facebook right now 🙂 Have a good weekend!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-1-2011

      Thanks so much Sarah! Im so glad you enjoy the blog. Istanbul is wonderful!

  4. Posted on: 4-30-2011

    Marmalade in pasta, who knew? Obviously you did and you scored a hit with this home. Happy to hear you had a great trip.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-1-2011

      Sandra, I questioned the marmalade too at first but it works so wonderfully against the pancetta!

  5. Posted on: 5-1-2011

    I love these simple pasta recipes, just did one with sautee onions, cherry tomatoes, anchovies and capers with shaved truffle parmesan for a bit of decadence 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-2-2011

      Chopinandmysaucepan, that sounds amazing. Oh how I love truffles!

  6. Posted on: 5-2-2011

    I’m a firm believer that the simplest pasta dishes are best. I love that this has so few igredients – but each so unique. This looks so great. Also…I traveled to Istanbul years ago and absolutely loved it. Such a gorgeous city.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-2-2011

      Thanks Lindsay! I also love that this has such few ingredients, the orange marmalade really makes it!

  7. Posted on: 5-2-2011

    What an interesting combination! I (of course!) love pasta… and the best pasta always has very few ingredients!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-2-2011

      Thanks Manu! Who doesnt love a great pasta dish 🙂

  8. Posted on: 5-2-2011

    Oh my word those penne pasta look sooo… good – I want them now!
    and bath you done beautifully:) looks delicious.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-2-2011

      Thanks Daksha! It is really delicious and super easy to make. You should cook some up for yourself!!!

  9. Posted on: 5-2-2011

    Oh beautiful pasta…it lures me in with it’s wonderful carby goodness. Lovely dish and so easy to zip together.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-4-2011

      Thanks Briarrose!

  10. Posted on: 5-2-2011

    Oh no I’m one of carb loving freaks! This looks so delicious…dangerous! Recipe is so imple and who would miss cooking this yummy pasta… Not me. 😉

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-4-2011

      Thanks Nami! This pasta is only dangerous if there are left overs for you to pick on. But, there will be no leftovers haha

  11. Posted on: 5-4-2011

    I love the sweet and savory in flavors in this dish! I can just imagine the wonderful fragrances coming from the bowl!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-4-2011

      Thanks Tiffany! The fragrances are amazing!!

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