Penne with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Cheese

This colorful and fresh dish may transport you right to the coast of Italy! Pasta is simply tossed with grape tomatoes, olive oil, basil and parmesan to create a light, refreshing and tasty meal.

Serving size

1 cup

Makes

4

Ingredients

12 cups water

3 cups dry penne

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

12 ounces grape tomatoes

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

1 cup fresh basil, chopped

4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded

Nutrition Info

Makes:Serving size: 1 cup

Calories

406

Fat

13 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Trans Fat

<1 g

Cholesterol

5 mg

Carbohydrates

69 g

Sugar

4 g

Fiber

4 g

Protein

15 g

Sodium

103 mg

Calcium

134 mg

Phosphorus

217 mg

Potassium

416 mg

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 12 minutes, or until al dente. Stir occasionally. Once pasta has cooked, drain using a strainer and set aside.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add the tomatoes and sauté until tomatoes are soft, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  4. Add pasta and remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the saucepan, and sauté for one minute.
  5. Add ¾ cup basil and toss in pan until evenly distributed.
  6. Garnish with remaining chopped basil and parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

 

Recipe contributed by Jen Verola

 

 

If you like your pasta more tender, you can cook longer than 12 minutes. If you prefer it slightly harder, you may cook it lesser than 12 minutes.