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penne with tomato and mushroom sauce

Penne with Tomato Mushroom Sauce

This is a good recipe for a cold day and takes only 20 minutes to get to the table. Serves 6 as an appetizer 4 as a main course.
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Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Courses
Cuisine Dinner Recipes, Pasta & Sauces


  • 250 gr champignon mushrooms finely sliced
  • 1/2 med onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 400gr cans or jars of passata (pureed tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp suger for the sauce
  • 2 teas table salt for the sauce
  • 400 gr penne pasta
  • 3 liters water for boiling the pasta
  • 2 tbsp course salt for boiling the pasta
  • black pepper to taste


  • Finely chop the onion and garlic & parsley. Slice the mushrooms 3 millimeters or 1/8 of an inch thick.
  • Heat a saucepan with 3 to 4 tbls. olive oil. When hot, saute the onions until they lose there color and become pale. Add the chopped garlic and 2 msk. or 2 tbls. of the chopped parsley. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the mushrooms and gently saute until cooked and lightly browned taking care not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • After adding the tomatoes Simmer sauce for 20 minutes.
  • As soon as the pasta is cooked strain it and return it to the cooking pot pour over the sauce and transfer to a serving plate adding a bit of the left over sauce and sprinkling on a the remaining parsley.
  • Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


This recipe will give you a little too much sauce so save the extra and use it later with steamed green beans as a veg course. It is fantastic in an omelet with a little grated Parmesan.
Feel free to mix the mushrooms if you like 1/2 to 2/3 plain white (champignon) mushrooms with another more strongly flavored mushroom such as portabella or shitake.You can of course substitute basil for the parsley if you have fresh in the house.
You only need to cook this sauce for 20 minutes as the mushrooms were really cooked before you added the tomatoes. So just long enough to cook the tomatoes, not more than 20 minutes after they come up to a simmer.
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