Monday, October 13, 2008

VeganMoFo: Penne with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Save this pasta for one of those days. You know the kind. The kind when salad just won't do. Maybe you had a flat tire or got slammed with a project due "ASAP" at work. Maybe, like us, you had a 3-foot chunk of plaster crash down from your ceiling, leaving a gaping hole exposing house guts and plaster dust coating everything! This kind of day calls for a meal in a bowl, that can be eaten on the couch in front of The Daily Show if you so choose.

This chunky sauce pairs well with a sturdy pasta, such as whole wheat penne. It's full of vegetables including zucchini, poblano pepper, and carrots, with the addition of tender cannellini beans. It's filling and all the vegetables fortify you to deal with life's hassles. And many things seem more manageable after a big bowl of pasta.

Penne with Spicy Tomato Sauce
Adapted from Sunset

4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
28 ounces crushed tomatoes, no salt added
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 poblano, chopped (veins, seeds, and stem discarded)
10 baby carrots, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
15 ounces cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup packed fresh basil, chopped
8 ounces whole wheat penne
hot salt, nutritional yeast to season, optional

In a medium pot or skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes and oregano and simmer for about 15 minutes.

In a skillet (that has a lid), heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add zucchini, poblano, carrots, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover skillet and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes. Stir once during this time. Add tomato sauce and cannellini beans and simmer about 10 minutes. Add water to thin sauce, as needed, but the sauce will be quite thick.

While sauce cooks, prepare whole wheat penne according to package directions. Drain.

Add fresh basil to sauce. Combine penne with preferred amount of sauce, and refrigerate remaining sauce. Check for seasonings. Add hot salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast as seasoning, optional.


  1. Ugh! Sorry about your ceiling problems, house problems are such a pain in the butt! I hope the repairs are painless and speedy!

    Your pasta dish looks perfect for "one of those days"! Thank you for the recipe!:)

  2. oh my gosh, Lisa - that really stinks that part of your ceiling fell apart! how frustrating! and what a mess!

    your pasta looks awesome though - i hope it made you guys feel a little better! the veggies you've got in there are all my favs - and the addition of cannellini beans is just perfect. looks like a pasta that rocks - and with a kick. and that makes it even more awesome! yay!

  3. How awful! I wouldn't have managed to cook at all. But if, this pasta surely would have cheared me up.
    Hope you can fix things soon!

  4. i love how pasta has that 'make you feel better when your roof crashes down on you' quality...i just made some 'leaving my job for the unknown' pasta bake....and i must say it comforts and numbs :)

  5. Oooooh that looks so good! I can't believe about your ceiling I hope that it gets all fixed soon. I want to try out this pasta asap and I have some whole wheat spirals in the cupboard...this might have to be dinner :)

  6. that's awful about your ceiling!
    pasta has that wonderful way of making you feel better, doesn't it?

  7. Oh Lisa! I think you more than deserved a yummy pasta dish like this one. I love that chunky sauce! Hope everything gets fixed soon.

  8. can't beat spicy!
    what the...about the ceiling thing. be safe.

  9. Thanks everyone! Luckily, we have someone working on another project for us already, so we added the ceiling to the project list. It should be back to normal soon.

  10. Glad to hear your ceiling troubles should be a thing of the past soon - that sounds horrible.

    The pasta dish sounds amazing, I love all those veggies loaded in to one pasta dish. Yum! We can get local whole wheat pasta from the farmer's market. Wahoo!

  11. We keep an eye on our ceiling because it is only a matter of time. I'm sorry yours fell, but so glad no one was hurt. I'm sure it was a mess though. The food looks great!

  12. Mmm, that looks nice and comforting. Sorry to hear about the ceiling!

  13. Sorry to hear about your ceiling. Your Pasta looks YUM!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.


Related Posts with Thumbnails