Penne & Green Beans with Burst Tomato-Tarragon Sauce

Penne & Green Beans with Burst Tomato-Tarragon Sauce
  • 4Servings


  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chile pepper, very thinly sliced
  • 2 pints ripe cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry, crisp white wine
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup tarragon leaves, chopped (several sprigs)
  • 1 pound penne rigate
  • 1/2 pound green beans or haricots verts, trimmed and cut into thirds on an angle
  • 1/2 pound ricotta salata cheese, for grating


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat the EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chile and swirl for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and shake to coat with oil; season with salt and pepper and cover the pan. Cook until some of the tomatoes burst, 10 to 12 minutes, then break up the remaining tomatoes with a potato masher and deglaze the sauce with the wine. Reduce for 1 to 2 minutes, then stir in the tarragon and lower the heat to simmer. Adjust the seasonings.

Salt the boiling water, then cook the pasta for 7 minutes; add the green beans (or haricots verts) and cook for 4 more minutes. Reserve half a cup of hot cooking water; drain the pasta and beans and add to the skillet. Toss with the sauce and reserved cooking water. Serve in shallow bowls topped with lots of coarsely grated ricotta salata.