This pasta dish will quickly become one of your favorite go-to meals because it’s easy and fast to make, plus you can do many versions of it based on what you have in the fridge and pantry. This dish is especially amazing when heirloom tomatoes are in season when you can pick some up at your local farmers market. Heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of colors so try as many as you can.
I used Trader Joe’s brand organic whole wheat penne pasta but you can use 12 oz of your favorite pasta like linguine, spaghetti, or fun farfelle aka bow tie pasta. Normally for one pan dishes you’d use a 3-qt. sauté pan, but I used a wok because I found it easier to mix and stir the pasta while it was cooking.
I LOVE heirloom tomatoes because of their sweet, rich flavor, and the varieties of color and shape. For my dish, I used a combination of these two organic varieties.
I cannot get enough of the rich color of the Chocolate Striped heirlooms. They are stunning to use in chopped salads or sliced in Caprese salad.
Get creative and have fun with this recipe. I used mushrooms but another fun add in replacement would be chopped Padron or Jimmy Nardello peppers.
- 12 oz organic penne pasta
- 12 oz chopped organic heirloom tomatoes
- 4 organic basil leaves
- 4 small sprigs of otganic oregano leaves
- 6 chopped organic cremini mushrooms
- 1/2 small organic red onion sliced
- 4 coves organic sliced garlic – Add more to up the garlic excitement
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2-1/2 tsps of salt. I added 1/2 tsp more salt to the recipe because whole wheat pasta tends to be a bit blander (to me) compared to regular wheat.
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes optional if you want spicy
- 4-cups of water
Cooking the dish:
- In your pan, pour in the pasta first then add in the tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, garlic, onion, basil, and oregano like you see in the photo above.
- Add in the olive oil, salt, and a few shakes of black pepper. Add the red pepper flakes if you want spicy.
- Pour in the water and mix everything together.
- Turn the heat to high and wait for the water to start boiling. Keep stirring while the water gets hotter.
- When the water boils, turn the heat down to medium high, and continue stirring until the pasta gets soft about 10-15 minutes.
The pasta water becomes the sauce of the dish. In the last few minutes, if you notice the water drying up faster than the cook time of the pasta, add a little more water. For example, Penne can use more water than Angel Hair pasta.
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