Sometimes the taste that will set a dish apart belongs to the pasta itself.

That’s the case of the penne tricolore, which are made from spinach, tomato and plain durum wheat, and thus give the respective tastes and colours. You don’t have to try too hard to make a delicious recipe out of this…

Laziness Factor: 1

[where 0 is making microwave popcorn and 4 is changing a country’s eating habits]

Ingredients for 4 servings

– 500g mezze penne tricolore

– 4 fresh tomatoes

– 1 onion

– 1 green pepper

– 1 garlic clove

– 50g parsley

– salt, pepper, olive oil



Start by roughly chopping the tomatoes, chopping the onion and pepper and finely chopping or crushing the garlic.




Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion, the garlic and the pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes until lightly coloured and softened. Don’t start boiling the pasta yet, because the fresh tomatoes will take longer to cook than a canned tomato sauce.




Now, start boiling the penne in salted water for as much time as written on the package, minus half a minute.




Then add the tomatoes into the pan, roughly chopped, and season with salt and pepper.




When the penne is ready, drain it, reserving a cupful of its boiling water, in case you need some for the sauce. Then add it directly into the pan and add some of the boiling water if necessary. Add the parsley afterwards and retrieve the pan in half a minute.




Let the pasta absorb some of the liquids away from the cooker for no longer than half a minute. Serve with hard grated cheese.



Alternative lazy scenario:

If you’re out of fresh tomatoes, try 200g of slightly concentrated canned tomato juice or 250g of canned grated tomatoes.

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