Mom’s Recipe Request Search Continues

After the first attempt of an olive pasta dish, Anne Marie, a friend and loyal reader (thanks!), sent me a recipe to try in hopes it was the one. She did mention that it was from a friend of hers and she had not tried it yet. I say try it. I thought it was delicious (Mom – make a half recipe. It makes a lot of food).

The recipe (with some pictures):

Penne with Tomatoes, Olives, and Two Cheeses

6 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 28-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper
2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
1 pound penne or rigatoni
2 1/2 cups packed grated Havarti cheese
1/3 cup sliced pitted brine-cured olives (such as Kalamata)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

cook the onions and garlic

Mix in tomatoes, dried basil and crushed red pepper. Bring to boil, breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon.

break the tomatoes

Add broth; bring to boil.

stir stir stir

Reduce heat to medium; simmer and mixture thickens to chunky sauce and is reduced to 6 cups, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.) Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain well. Return pasta to same pot. Toss with 3 tablespoons oil. Pour sauce over and toss to blend. Mix in Havarti cheese.

add the havarti

Transfer pasta to 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with olives, then Parmesan.

add the olives

Bake until pasta is heated through, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with basil.


I think that you could also bake in some olives if you want a more olivey taste. I say this is one to try though. Let me know if you make it and how it tastes!


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4 Responses to Mom’s Recipe Request Search Continues

  1. Anne-Marie says:

    So glad you made this and liked it! I had it once when my friend made it years ago and it was so awesome that I asked for the recipe…then never found an occasion to make it! Love that you enjoyed it…yours looks so amazing!!!

  2. Colleen says:

    I agree this is one to try! It was totally delish as is, although I would not be opposed to more crushed red pepper for a little more of a kick.

  3. Susan (Mom) says:

    Sounds like one to try. My mind’s eye didn’t have it going into the oven at the end, but more of a stir fry approach. This does sound good though. I will definitely try a half recipe.

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