Penne Jambalaya (Boston Pizza Jambalaya Copycat)

Updated September 2016: Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been 7 years since I originally posted this copycat recipe for Boston Pizza Jambalaya. However, I added a twist and made it Randa style (and yes, this is the way I order it too). Ladies and gents, I bring you Penne Jambalaya.

A chef pan full of penne pasta, shrimp, green peppers, tomatoes, and chicken. All the ingredients for Penne Jambalaya!

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite recipes. I make this frequently and the boyfriend loves it. This penne jambalaya recipe is a copycat recipe for Boston Pizza’s Jambalaya and it tastes just like it.

Penne Jambalaya

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A wood spoon lifting jambalaya made with penne noodles out of a chef pan.

I often don’t have hot Italian sausage or shrimp on hand, so it’s not uncommon for me to cook this up using just chicken or vegetarian style.

So yes, this isn’t tradition jambalaya with rice and what not (I have never had true authentic jambalaya) but it’s still delicious.

Every time I make this recipe I can’t help but sing Jambalaya (On The Bayou). My favorite version is from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Jambalaya, crawfish pie, an’ a fil’e gumbo. ‘Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio. Well, a pick guitar, fill fruit jar an’ be gay-o. Son of a gun, we gonna have a big fun on the Bayou.

Okay sorry about that, I’ll stop singing. Just be glad that it wasn’t on video.

A pan with noodles, shrimp, tomatoes, peppers, and other jambalaya fixins.

Boston Pizza Jambalaya Recipe (Penne Jambalaya)

Whenever I visit Boston Pizza, I order jambalaya. Their version of the recipe uses linguine noodles, but I’m that annoying picky person that likes to alter things. Penne is my favorite pasta and I like to swap the noodles. I find penne holds the sauce better (and I like things saucy)!

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Inspired by Boston Pizza Jambalaya, this Penne Jambalaya is awesome and is a copycat of Boston Pizza's version. Shrimp, chicken, pasta, hot italian sausage, tomatoes and green peppers. What's not to love?
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Penne Jambalaya

Inspired by Boston Pizza's Jambalaya, this Penne Jambalaya is awesome and is a copycat of Boston Pizza's version. Shrimp, chicken, pasta, hot Italian sausage, tomatoes, and green peppers. What's not to love?
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword boston pizza, jambalaya, pasta dinner, penne jambalaya
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 370kcal


  • 1 28oz can whole tomatoes 796 ml
  • 1/2-1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp each thyme and basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper add to your liking
  • 3 links hot Italian sausage sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen cooked shrimp
  • 1 lb chicken breast sliced
  • 227 g penne noodles roughly 1/2 package


  • Add olive oil and fry up the chicken. Add sausage and shrimp and fry until fully cooked. Sprinkle with paprika and cayenne.
  • Add tomatoes, crush up with a potato masher and let simmer for 15-20 mins on medium. (Until it reduces a bit.)
  • Add the chicken broth garlic, green peppers, thyme and basil. Simmer until reduced, about 1/4-1/2 of the way.
  • Cook penne in separate pot until al dente.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Adding more cayenne and paprika if you would like.
  • Toss with penne and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 604mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 372IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
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If you’re looking for some more inspired pasta recipes you have to check out this Spinach Artichoke Jalapeno Bake.

Pasta pan with pennePenne and tomatoes in a pan

***UPDATE…Check out and see what new ingredient I add in, to make it extra delicious HERE

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22 comments on “Penne Jambalaya (Boston Pizza Jambalaya Copycat)”

  1. Oh this would be a winner at my house…We love shrimp, hot italian sausage and chicken..thanks for posting

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  3. Doesn’t say where to add garlic and green peppers 

  4. How many servings does this make? 

    • This is going off memory, but I’d say 6.

    • Made this and other copycats. This is pretty good. Thank you.
      I do make my own creole spice mix and find it adds alot. More complex and yum.
      Second thing I learned – often the sauce is a little thin, not enough, or dries out if you freeze or store it. One day, a bit desperate, I threw in a bit of my homemade pizza sauce to juice it up.

      Wow. Perfect. Even closer to the original. Then I thought “of course!” Boston PIZZA. Restaurants are frugal and chefs resourceful. They would use what they already have to make as many varied dishes as they could.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this on Friday and it’s so good!

  6. What’s the measurement for green peppers? Not in the recipe only in the directions. 

  7. damnnnn if my gf cooked me this, i’d lose it, it looks so good. Same i had some at boston pizza and i crave it now….

  8. Wicked eats.
    Too much blah blah blah.
    Had to scroll way to much
    Great recipe.
    Thanks for that

  9. Wow ! This stuff rocks ! I honestly have eaten 1/4 of it as it’s cooking (a cook should taste the food during the cooking process to adjust seasonings) … I hope everyone else hates it (but, I know that’ll never happen !)

  10. How many grams of penne?

  11. I made some last night and it was so yummy… thank you for sharing this recipe…

  12. How can you convert this to an instant pot recipe?

  13. 5 stars
    OMG this truly was amazing I love BPs’ Jambalaya and can not believe how close to perfection your recipe is Thank You Sincerely

  14. 5 stars
    OMG this is my husband’s favourite dish from Boston Pizza so I am so glad to have found this. I made it last night (minus the chicken and red peppers not green). It was fantastic!!
    As I am avoiding carbs I made mine with konjac spaghetti noodles (a must try if you love pasta but not the carbs or calories) and his with the penne.
    Thank you so much!!!

  15. You talk about a new ingredient you add but I cannot see it anywhere. What is it?

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