Easy Penne Recipe – quick and easy for lazy days

This past¬†weekend was hard for us. Not unpleasant, just very difficult for our organisms. It is Christmas time, and we have one or more pleasant activities scheduled almost every day. But eating food that is too tasty (because it contains quick and efficient taste amplifiers like salt and fat) for more days in a row, is a bad idea. It leaves you tired, bloated and just sick of it. BUT! There are two more festive weeks ahead, and we have to stay strong. Monday is great to slow down a little. So, today’s plan was to spend as little time cooking and use as few bad ingredients as possible. I ended up doing a vegetable pasta sauce and whole grain spelt penne. Cooking time is only 15 minutes, which is great, because I really needed to get some rest today. This easy penne recipe really is worth remembering.

Garlic is one of the most fragrant ingredients out there. Some love it, some hate it. Learn to love it;)
Garlic is one of the most fragrant ingredients out there. Some love it, some hate it. Learn to love it;)

Penne is a type of pasta usually used in salads, but its clever shape make it great with sauces. Penne rigate can carry some serious sauce in and on them, that’s why I always loved them.

The sauce is vegetarian. No meat this time. Because I felt like cooking a vegetarian dish, and because adding meat would increase cooking time quite a bit.

I must admit, my husband and I like meat very much. I know we are out of fashion for some time already, but so what. Anyhow, sometimes it just feels good to skip it. Not to be in fashion for a day, but because there are many satisfying vegetarian dishes out there, and it would be a shame not trying some just because there’s no meat inside.

One of the reasons why this easy penne recipe takes so little time to cook is the use of canned ingredients.
One of the reasons why this easy penne recipe takes so little time to cook is the use of canned ingredients.

We, meat lovers, are a funny bunch. A lot like vegans, we both follow our diets almost religiously, so making a main dish without meat takes some courage. It needs to be very good, or it just won’t work. This easy penne recipe really is quick and easy, and the dish packs a lot of taste for such quick prep time.

 

Oh, I almost forgot my standard disclaimer: Recipes on this blog contain no dairy, eggs or nuts. But if you have no problems with dairy, sprinkle the dish with Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients (two portions)

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 dl vegetable stock
  • 1 tea spoon dried basil
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 200g whole grain spelt penne rigate

Instructions

Bring water to a boil, add salt and pasta. Cook it according to instructions on the packaging.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Remember, this is a very quick recipe, so the preparation must be very simple and straightforward.

easy-penne-recipe-onion

For the easy penne recipe, onions do not need to be chopped too finely.
For the easy penne recipe, onions do not need to be chopped too finely.

Slice onions into pretty big pieces. Crush and finely slice the garlic. Heat up a pan, add olive oil and add onions and garlic and stir for a few minutes, then add tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and vegetable stock.

So few steps, so few ingredients, yet still a delicious allergy free vegetarian dish.
So few steps, so few ingredients, yet such a delicious allergy free vegetarian dish.

Simmer the sauce until it condenses a little. It shouldn’t be watery, or it won’t stick to pasta.

When penne are almost cooked, meaning they are only slightly too hard, combine them with sauce, turn the heat up a little, add a few drops of olive oil and stir for another minute or two, until the penne are done.

Drain the pasta just before it is cooked.
Drain the pasta just before it is cooked.

That’s it.

Bring water to a boil, add salt and pasta. Cook it according to instructions on the packaging.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Remember, this is a very quick recipe, so the preparation must be very simple and straightforward.

easy-penne-recipe-onion

For the easy penne recipe, onions do not need to be chopped too finely.
For the easy penne recipe, onions do not need to be chopped too finely.

Slice onions into pretty big pieces. Crush and finely slice the garlic. Heat up a pan, add olive oil and add onions and garlic and stir for a few minutes, then add tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and vegetable stock.

…And we are approaching the end of this easy penne recipe

So few steps, so few ingredients, yet still a delicious allergy free vegetarian dish.
So few steps, so few ingredients, yet such a delicious allergy free vegetarian dish.

Simmer the sauce until it condenses a little. It shouldn’t be watery, or it won’t stick to pasta.

When penne are almost cooked, meaning they are only slightly too hard, combine them with sauce, turn the heat up a little, add a few drops of olive oil and stir for another minute or two, until the penne are done.

I am almost embarrassed to post instructions for such a simple dish, but it actually works. This easy penne recipe is worth keeping in mind for the days when you don’t feel like cooking, but need to anyway.

Easy Penne Recipe

Yield: 2 portions

Easy Penne Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 dl vegetable stock
  • 1 tea spoon dried basil
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 200g whole grain spelt penne rigate

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil, add salt and then pasta. Cook it according to instructions on the packaging.
  2. Slice onions into pretty big pieces. Crush and finely slice the garlic.
  3. Heat up a pan, add olive oil and add onions and garlic and stir for a few minutes, then add tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and vegetable stock.
  4. Simmer the sauce until it condenses a little. It shouldn't be watery, or it won't stick to pasta.
  5. When penne are almost cooked, meaning they are only slightly too hard, combine them with sauce, turn the heat up, add a few drops of olive oil and stir for another minute or two, until the penne are done.

Notes

I am almost embarrassed to post instructions for such a simple dish, but it actually works. This easy penne recipe is worth keeping in mind for the days when you don't feel like cooking, but need to anyway.

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