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Deviled Pasta

Recipe Source: realsimple.com

Ingredients:

1 1-pound box penne
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 bell peppers (any color), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 24- to 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
1/2 cup ricotta

Directions:

Cook the penne according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Drain the pasta and divide it among individual bowls. Top with the sauce, a dollop of the ricotta, and the remaining black pepper.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Cheesy Tomato Penne Bake

Recipe Source: hunts.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 20 / Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

12 ounces dry penne pasta, (3 cups), uncooked
1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
2 cans (14.5 ounce each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained
1 can (15 ounces) Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce
2 packages (8 ounces each) Sargento® Chef Style Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
PAM® Olive Oil No-Stick Cooking Spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat; drain. Stir in tomatoes with their liquid and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, about 8 minutes.

Drain pasta; return to same pot. Add meat mixture; toss well. Add 3 cups of the cheese; toss again. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour pasta mixture into dish; top with remaining 1 cup cheese.

Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Makes 8 servings (about 1-1/2 cups each).

Penne in Vodka Cream

Recipe Source: Dawn / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 30 Min

Ingredients:

1 pound penne pasta
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup vodka
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.

In a large saucepan melt butter over medium low heat; add vodka, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.

Blend in tomato sauce, tomato paste and cream; increase heat to bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to very low and stir in cheese; add cooked pasta and more cheese, if desired. Serve.

Cheesy Pasta and Bean Bake

Recipe Source: bushbeans.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Preparation time: 5 minutes / Cooking time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 cans (16 ounces) BUSH’S BEST Light or Dark Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to saucepan. Stir in diced tomatoes, kidney beans and spaghetti sauce. Transfer to 2-quart baking dish and top with shredded mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted and golden, about 40 minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Penne with Sausage ‘n’ Peppers

Recipe Source: campbellskitchen.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb. sweet Italian pork sausage, cut into 1″ chunks
1 medium green pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
2 cans (10 1/2 oz. each) Campbell’s® Golden Pork Gravy
4 cups hot cooked penne pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

COOK sausage in large skillet until browned. Add pepper, onion and oregano and cook until tender.

ADD gravy and heat to a boil. Cook over low heat 5 min. or until sausage is done.

ADD pasta and toss to coat. Serve with cheese.

POP-sta Pasta Bar with Three Sauces

Recipe Source: foodnetwork.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2 pounds penne rigate pasta

Parsley Pesto:
2 cups Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 (3-ounce) jar or 1/4 cup pignoli nuts
1 clove garlic, cracked away from skin
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Tomato-Basil Sauce:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes,
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
Salt and pepper
20 leaves fresh basil, torn or shredded

Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoons chopped sage leaves
3/4 pound gorgonzola cheese, cut into pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Put large pot of water on to boil for penne. Salt boiling water and cook penne to al dente.

In food processor, combine parsley, pignoli, garlic. Process and stream in about 1/4 cup evoo. Remove parsley paste to a large serving bowl. Stir in pepper and grated cheese. Add remaining evoo, stir to combine.

Heat a medium pot on stove top over medium low to medium heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, garlic and onion for the tomato basil sauce. Let onions cook with garlic slowly over 15 minutes, be careful not to brown onions — just keep an eye on the hat and stir the onions frequently. After 15 minutes, stir in tomatoes and raise heat to warm tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in basil and wilt it into the sauce. Remove sauce from heat. When ready to serve, place sauce in the bottom of a large serving bowl to toss with hot pasta.

In a second medium pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in wine, reduce 15 to 20 seconds. Whisk in stock, then cream. Add sage, then pieces of cheese. Stir until cheese melts into sauce. Simmer over low heat until ready to serve. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place 1/3 drained pasta in bowl with pesto, 1/3 with tomato basil sauce and 1/3 in another serving dish. Combine pasta with pesto, then coat and toss the second bowl of pasta with red sauce, to the last bowl, pour the gorgonzola sauce down over the pasta and toss.

Serve the three pastas family style or buffet style, immediately.

Penne alla Vodka

Recipe Source: 101cookbooks.com

Ingredients:

Salt
One 35-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano) with their liquid
1 pound penne
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 cloves garlic, peeled
Crushed hot red pepper
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil for finishing the sauce, if you like
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for passing if you like

Directions:

Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in an 8-quart pot over high heat.

Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the work bowl of a food processor. Using quick on/off pulses, process the tomatoes just until they are finely chopped. (Longer processing will aerate the tomatoes, turning them pink.)

Stir the penne into the boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally, until done, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Whack the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and add them to the hot oil. Cook, shaking the skillet, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Lower the work bowl with the tomatoes close to the skillet and carefully ? they will splatter ? slide the tomatoes into the pan. Bring to a boil, season lightly with salt and generously with crushed red pepper, and boil 2 minutes. Pour in the vodka, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and simmer until the pasta is ready.

Just before the pasta is done, fish the garlic cloves out of the sauce and pour in the cream. Add the 2 tablespoons butter or oil, if using, and swirl the skillet to incorporate into the sauce. If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, fish the pasta out of the boiling water with a large wire skimmer and drop it directly into the sauce in the skillet. If not, drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce. Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce. Check the seasoning, adding salt and red pepper if necessary. Sprinkle the parsley over the pasta and boil until the sauce is reduced enough to cling to the pasta.

Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese over the pasta, and toss to mix. Serve immediately, passing additional cheese if you like.

Makes 6 servings.

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