This plugin provides advanced settings to display recent posts
Advanced Last Posts plugin is a light plugin, which allows for increased customization for displaying recent posts from multiple categories or from custom post types.
2.Widget - Title - Name of the section. - Number of Posts - display number of last posts. - Show posts thumbnail - featured image will display when this checkbox is checked. - Thumbnail size - It will only work when 'Show posts thumbnail' is checked. - Posts excerpt in words - Number of words to display. It works only if Posts excerpt is checked. - Read more text - You can display "read more" text. It works only if Posts excerpt is checked.
** .Works with placing a shortcode.