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Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Marinara
Makes: 6  servings


  • 12 ounces  whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups  finely diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 26 ounce can low-sodium crushed tomatoes
  • 2 7 ounce jars roasted red peppers, drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon  finely chopped oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 3/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/2 cup  lightly packed basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce  finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 6 tablespoons)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

2. As pasta water comes to a boil, heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, peppers, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce is reduced slightly, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove sauce from heat, remove rosemary sprig (if using) and stir in basil. Transfer to a food processor and puree, leaving a few chunks if desired. Top pasta with sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano and garnish with basil.

From FitnessMagazine.com