Penne Pomodoro & Basil

Penne Pomodoro and Basil is an extremely easy pasta dish that can be made in about 20 minutes. This dish is also kid’s approved!

Penne pasta is coated with a fresh tomato sauce and basil and served with a good sprinkle of parmigiano cheese. Nothing calls more Italy’s flavours than this penne pomodoro e basilico!

What is penne pasta?

Penne is a type of pasta made with a cylinder shaped format. Penne is the plural of Penna, which in English translate to Pen, so is not hard to guess why this pasta is named like this.

There are two type of penne pasta, one is called penne rigate because it have small ridges on the surface which are supposed to help the sauce to stick better on the pasta.

The other kind of penne are the ones named penne lisce which have a smooth texture. This type of penne are the less liked and the last to be picked up from the supermarket’s shelves. True Fact.

Because of the cylindric format of this pasta, the sauce can get inside each piece, making it one of the favourite types for many Italians.

Penne pasta with tomato sauce

Almost every single nonna and mamma in this country have their own amazing recipe for penne pomodoro. And you guessed: All of them are the most delicious one.

Penne pasta is very simple to make and you can do the recipe all year around because the ingredients are so simple and something that almost everyone have in the pantry.

You can’t go wrong with this penne pomodoro because as far as you follow some simple steps, the recipe comes out pretty amazing, even with those humble and simple ingredients.

In Italy, pasta al pomodoro is something that will be served specially to kids, even though gown ups also loves this dish pretty much.

The ingredients

PENNE – No matter what type, penne lisce or penne rigate, mezze penne, etc. This pasta is perfect to hold on the sauce and get all flavour of it.

TOMATO SAUCE – A canned tomato sauce is used most of the time, remember to get one that has not seasonings on it. If you want to make your own homemade tomate sauce, then your definitely will go to the next level!

ONIONS – Finely chopped. Onions gives just the right amount of sweetness to avoid using sugar. Leave them out if you don’t like them and use a teaspoon of sugar instead to balance the acid from tomatoes.

BASIL – Fresh basil, do not chop it with a knife, instead, tear up the leaves using your fingers. If you don’t have fresh basil on hand, use dried instead.

OIL – A good extra virgin olive oil should give this recipe an amazing mediterranean flavour. Or you can use any type of oil you prefer.

FLAVOURS – Garlic, salt and pepper to you liking. You can also leave out any of those if you want to.

CHEESEParmigiano cheese is the best option here. Try to add it freshly grated.

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Penne Pomodoro Recipe

Heat the oil on a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry for about 3 minutes or until the onions start to brown.

Pour in the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and bring the sauce to a simmer. Lower the heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the tomato sauce thickens.

Adjust with salt and pepper then turn off the heat. Add the basil, mix and set aside.

Place a pot filled with water over high heat. As soon as the water starts to boil add salt and then the pasta. Mix and cook accordingly to the package instructions.

Drain the penne pasta and add them to the pan with the sauce. Mix thoroughly to coat the pasta evenly. Add some parmigiano cheese and combine.

Serve immediately adding more parmigiano cheese and basil.

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Watch How To Make It

Penne Pomodoro and Basil

Penne Pomodoro and Basil is an extremely easy pasta dish that can be made in about 20 minutes. This dish is also kid’s approved!
PREP 5 minutes
COOK 15 minutes
TOTAL 30 minutes
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Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 200 gr (7 oz) penne pasta
  • 450 gr (2 cups) plain tomato sauce
  • 50 gr (⅓ cup) onions (chopped)
  • fresh basil leaves
  • tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil on a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry for about 3 minutes or until the onions start to brown.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and bring the sauce to a simmer. Lower the heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the tomato sauce thickens.
  • Adjust with salt and pepper then turn off the heat. Add the basil, mix and set aside.
  • Place a pot filled with water over high heat. As soon as the water starts to boil add salt and then the pasta. Mix and cook accordingly to the package instructions.
  • Drain the penne pasta and add them to the pan with the sauce. Mix thoroughly to coat the pasta evenly. Add some parmigiano cheese and combine.
  • Serve immediately adding more parmigiano cheese and basil.
Nutrition
Calories: 440kcal
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2 Comments

  1. Hi. Thank you for posting the recipe for the Uchepo’s. My aunt Cuca whom past away (is from Tepames, Michoacan) four months ago use to make them for us. They were the best I ever had and I wish she would have taught my mother so that I could have learned. I will try your recipe.
    I did learn how to make her Mexican rice pudding which is so delicious.
    Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome. Sorry for your lost, I hope you can make uchepos at home so they will remind you about your aunt.

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