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Tricolor Pasta

SERVES
4
COOK TIME
30 Min

Whether you use this as an appetizer or as a main course, you'll be sure to hear "It's so colorful!" followed quickly by "And it tastes as good as it looks!!"

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) whole tomatoes with juice, broken up, or 3 cups peeled and chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound penne or other tubular pasta shape
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling (optional)

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium heat; add the onion and saut until tender (do not brown). Add the garlic and saut for 1 minute.

  2. Stir in the tomatoes; reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 25 minutes. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta to desired doneness; drain well and place in a large bowl.

  4. Stir the 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the sauce, then pour the sauce over the pasta. Add the basil and toss to blend.

  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired, and serve.

Notes


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