Penne with Two-Tomato Sauce

Penne with Two-Tomato Sauce
  • 4Servings


  • Salt
  • 1 pound penne
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of the pan
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup soft sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (eyeball it)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup arugula, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil, torn or shredded (about 20 leaves)
  • Grated Asiago cheese, to pass around the table


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the pasta and cook until al dente.

While the pasta is working, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, in a large, deep skillet over medium heat; add the garlic, onion and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the wine and reduce for 1 minute, then stir in the crushed tomatoes. When the tomatoes are heated through, reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the cream. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and toss with the tomato sauce until coated. Transfer the pasta to a platter or to individual shallow bowls and top with mounds of the arugula and basil. Pass around the cheese at the table.