Monday, July 16, 2007

Easy Summer Pasta: Penne in a Garlic Wine Sauce with Tomatoes and Basil

















I needed something quick and easy before teaching my dance class tonight. Fresh tomatoes are always great, so I made a light pasta dish.

Ingredients
- 8 oz dry pasta; I used penne
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 small onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup white wine
- a few leaves of fresh basil; I used basil from my herb garden
- mozzarella cheese; I used miniature mozzarella balls
- salt

Directions
- Cook pasta to al dente; drain and set aside
- In the meantime, heat oil in a large pan
- Add garlic and oil
- Add white wine and let simmer on medium for about 7 minutes
- Add tomatoes, some salt, and cook for 3-4 minutes
- Toss with pasta
- Add basil and a little more salt

I love how the juices from the tomatoes cooked into the wine to make an almost creamy sauce. Even though it was a pasta dish, it was very light and summery. Perfect for a summer night!

If Jon was home he would have added some shrimp - it would be perfect in this dish.

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5 comments:

Renea said...

Looks like a very refreshing, summery pasta dish. I bet the wine and tomato sauce is great!!

Stacy said...

Yum! This reminds me of the summer pasta dish that they asked us to sample at that little Italian restaurant in the village. What was the name of that place?

Mary Ellen said...

You're right - it did taste like that pasta they were testing. What WAS the name of that place??

Stacy said...

We already talked about this, but in case anyone was wondering - It's called Bella Vitae and it's on Minetta Lane in the W. Village in NY. Yum!

Chrissy said...

I make something very similar. Fast, easy, and delish!