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Monday, February 21, 2011

Tomato and Olive Penne

Original Recipe:

Salt and Pepper
1 lb Penne or other short pasta
1/4 Cup olive oil
2 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2/3 lb cherry tomatoes (2 cups), halved or quartered
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

1) In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the penne according to package instructions until al dente, about 13 minutes. Drain

2) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until just golden, about 1 minute. Add the cherry tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring, until tomato juices run, about 3 minutes.

3) Add the penne, olives, parsley, and 1/4 cup Parmesan to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve with more cheese if desired.

For kids:
If you're cooking for children who don't like black olives, toss the olives in for the adults after you've served the kids.

Serves 4

Melissa's Version:

Use any kind of tomatoes (smaller ones are tastier, but anything works), slice larger ones into wedges, or half-wedges.
No red pepper, olives, or parsley.

Follow directions as noted; I typically add more salt then the recipe calls for - just to taste.


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Krystin said...


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