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Spicy Vegetables With Penne Pasta

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Stand time 30 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
Top cooked penne pasta with jarred hot-and-spicy pasta sauce and fresh garden vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, and chopped sweet onion.  This easy pasta dish is a great choice for vegetarians.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 12 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 medium-size sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar hot-and-spicy pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Stir together dried tomatoes and 1/2 cup boiling water in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Drain, chop, and set aside.

  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

  3. Sauté onions and next 5 ingredients in hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chopped tomatoes.

  4. Stir in pasta sauce, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; stir in basil and salt, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Serve over hot cooked pasta.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Newman's Own Fra Diavolo Sauce for hot-and-spicy pasta sauce.