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Penne Pomodoro Recipe

Looking for an easy Penne Pomodoro recipe? Learn how to make Penne Pomodoro using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by agrizas

Makes 8 servings



This dish, inspired by the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" is one of the most delicious tomato-based pasta dishes I have ever created! Enjoy

Recipe Ingredients for Penne Pomodoro

6 clove Garlic
20 plum tomato Tomatoes, Red, Ripe
4 serving Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 box Penne Dry
3/4 cup Parmesan, Grated Cheese
3/4 cup leaves, whole Basil, Fresh
1 tsp Pepper, Red Or Cayenne
1 tsp salt for the pasta
1 Black pepper, to taste
1 tbsp salt for pasta water

Recipe Directions for Penne Pomodoro

  1. Heat a pot of water to boiling. Cut X's in the bottom end (NOT where the tomato was removed from the vine) of each Roma tomato. When the water is boiling, add the tomatoes 2-3 at a time to the water, leaving them in for about 30 seconds (or until you see the skin peeling away from the flesh). Remove the tomatoes from the water with a slotted spoon, and place in a bowl to cool.

  2. While the tomatoes are cooling, you can prepare the rest of the ingredients. Grate the parmesan cheese from a block using the smaller/finer holes. Finely chop the garlic. Wash and dry the basil well and then save it to be chopped later. Last, add water to a large pot of water for cooking the pasta in, and flavor it with 1 Tbsp salt.

  3. After the tomatoes have cooled, peel the skins off each and discard the skins. Cut the tomatoes in half, and scoop out and discard the seeds (or grow a tomato plant from them).

  4. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red chili pepper, and saute until fragrant, but before the garlic begins to brown. Then add all of the tomato halves. Stir to combine well, then cover and allow to cook over medium, stirring every few minutes.

  5. In the mean time, bring your pot of water for the pasta to a boil.

  6. When the juices have started coming out of the tomatoes and they are softened (about 5-8 minutes), use a masher or the bottom of a sturdy coffee mug to smash the tomatoes. Smash them evenly throughout the pan, creating small chunks of tomatoes in your sauce, but smoothe otherwise. Allow the sauce to simmer over medium/medium-low heat, uncovered, until it thickens, about 7-10 minutes.

  7. While the sauce is thickening, add the penne to the pot of boiling water, and cook until desired texture is reached, about 7-9 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, chop up the basil leaves roughly.

  8. When the pasta finished, drain well, and then add to the tomato sauce. Season with the basil, salt (about 1-1.5 Tsp), and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine well, and then add the parmesan cheese (reserve some to top the pasta with) and stir to mix until the cheese melts (which helps the sauce stick to the pasta).

  9. Top the pasta with more parmesan and, if desired, a sprig of whole fresh basil leaves for decoration. Serve in a warm bowl or dish (about 1 cup = serving).

Categories

Pasta, Tomatoes, First Course, Main Dish, Side Dish, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 388.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
370
Calories from Fat
106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
11.8g
18%
Saturated Fat
2.8g
14%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Sodium
1334mg
56%
Potassium
715mg
20%
Total Carbohydrates
57.6g
19%
Dietary Fiber
5.5g
22%
Sugars
1.2g
Protein
13.5g
Vitamin A 43% Vitamin C 135%
Calcium 13% Iron 19%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Very low in cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in sodium
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