Penne with Marinara

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Penne is a very famous variety of pasta that can be easily found in most of the supermarkets. Marinara sauce is an easy to make sauce. This sauce is made of fresh Roma tomatoes, flavored with fresh basil leaves, and seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt. So try delicious Penne with Marinara sauce. You can use some other variety of pasta if you do not find penne.

pizza sauce

Ingredients
(serves 3-4)

Takes 20-25 minutes start to finish

For Pasta:

  • Penne pasta 200gms/½ pound
  • Water about 5-6 cups to boil the pasta
  • Salt 2 tsp

For Marinara Sauce:

  • Red Roma tomatoes 4 medium 450 gms/ 1 pound
  • *Red onion 1 small, finely chopped
  • Basil leaves handful
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper, Freshly ground to taste
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp

For serving :

  • Parmesan cheese ¼ cup (optional)

*Traditional Italian recipe calls for 1 minced garlic clove; since I do not use garlic in my cooking, I have used red onion instead.

Method of preparation

  1. Boil about 5-6 cups of water in a big pan. Add 2 tsp salt and penne pasta in the boiling water.
pasta boiling
penne boiling
  1. Boil until Penne are soft but firm. Usually it takes about 10 minutes to boil penne. Drain lightly, Penne should remain soft.
boiled penne
boiled Penne
  1. Wash and boil the tomatoes for 2 minutes. Let the tomatoes cool down. Now take the skin off, and cut the tomatoes in half. Scoop out the seeds of the tomatoes, and dice the tomatoes.
  2. Wash and chop the basil leaves. (I like to tear the basil leaves by hand, instead of chhopping them). If you do not find fresh basil leaves, use dried ones.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan/ wok. Add minced onions. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes or until onions are golden.
  4. Now add chopped tomatoes, salt, and freshly ground black pepper in the sautéed onions.
boiled penne
marinara sauce making
  1. Mix well and let it cook on medium to low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until the sauce is thick and smooth. Now add basil leaves. Mix well.
  2. Now add boiled penne in the sauce. Toss well until penne are well coated with the sauce. Adjust the amount of salt, and pepper to taste.
 penne
penne in marinara sauce

Delicious Penne with Marinara sauce is ready to serve. Add some grated Parmesan cheese on top.

 penne

Some Tips/ Suggestions:

  1. While pasta is boiling you can make sauce on the other burner to save time.
  2. In traditional Italian cooking minced garlic is used in the sauce; since I do not use garlic in my cooking I have used red onion instead.
  3. Parmesan is known as Parmigiano-Reggiano chesse in Italy.
  4. You can also use some other variety of pasta if you do not find Penne.
pasta with marinara

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