Penne Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato and Portobello Mushroom Sauce

Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes (Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes)

Your rating: None (6 votes)

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What makes this recipe healthy is that what is omitted is as important as what it contains. Some pasta dishes with a simple marinara sauce can still use a lot of oil. People on a restricted fat diet can feel good about eating this dish because it uses only a small amount of fat — olive oil — which is monounsaturated.

Ingredients

Preparation

Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the sun-dried tomatoes. Let sit for 30 minutes. Remove tomatoes and slice, reserving the water.

Bring 4 to 6 quarts fresh water to a boil in a large pot set over high heat. Add pasta and cook until al denté, according to package directions, 8 to 10 minutes. Strain and set aside.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté portobello and crimini mushrooms until browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 additional minute. Add sun-dried tomato water and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce has reduced and thickened, 10 to 12 minutes.

About 4 minutes before serving, stir in sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, oregano and basil and continue to cook over medium-low heat. Stir in cooked pasta. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and serve.

Notes

Pass grated Parmesan or crumbled feta on the side, if you like.

Recipe by Jeanne Cullen, Registered Dietician and Bastyr University graduate

More about: mushrooms, tomatoes, whole wheat

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when to add the tomatoes

I think you forgot to mention when to add the sundried tomatoes to the sauce...it says to add the water reserve, but not the actual tomatoes...

Reply: WHEN TO ADD THE TOMATOES

Hi,

Further down the instruction list it does list when to add the tomatoes.

"Turn down heat and add garlic. Sauté one additional minute. Add sun-dried tomato water and reduce over medium heat."

Thanks and I hope this helps!
-Ricardo

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