Penne with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Basil
- 1 box penne pasta
- 1 16-oz. can whole tomatoes
- 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
- 10-12 mushrooms, sliced or chopped (or 1 pkg. pre-sliced mushrooms)
- 4 sprigs basil, chopped
- Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbs. garlic, minced
- 2-3 Tbs. olive oil
- salt and pepper (and additional seasonings if desired)
Cook pasta according to directions (to al dente). Drain, run under cold water, and return dry pasta to pot.
Heat olive oil in pan. Add garlic and saute until it becomes white. Add mushrooms and saute in oil for a few minutes (they don't have to be fully sauteed before you move on to the next step). Add can of whole tomatoes and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Halfway through, add chopped fresh tomatoes and chopped basil. After the sauce is done, season it with a few shakes of salt and pepper.
Now, pour the pan of sauce into the pot of pasta. Give it a quick stir and plate. Top with Parmesan cheese, and garnish with sprigs of basil.