Penne with Spicy Sauce

Perk up pasta with a homemade double tomato sauce. You can do it in just 30 minutes!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
package (16 oz) penne pasta
1
can (28 oz) Italian-style peeled whole tomatoes, undrained
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1
tablespoon tomato paste (from 6-oz can)
1/2
cup freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, in food processor or blender, place tomatoes with juice. Cover; process until coarsely chopped.
  • 2 In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook garlic, red pepper flakes and parsley in oil about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic just begins to turn golden. Stir in chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
  • 3 Add pasta and 1/4 cup of the cheese to mixture in skillet. Cook about 3 minutes, tossing gently, until pasta is evenly coated. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

Expert Tips

Add sliced pepperoni with the chopped tomatoes in step 2 for a meaty version.

Try this to keep extra tomato paste fresh. Scoop tablespoon-size dollops onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper; freeze until firm. Place in a freezer container or resealable freezer plastic bag. Defrost and use as needed.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
640mg
640%;
Total Carbohydrate
66g
66%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
15g
15%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.