Cheesy Penne with Tomatoes & Olives

60+ Minutes

4 Servings

Spread the love of cheese!

Cheesy Penne with Tomatoes & Olives

This cheesy penne with tomatoes, olives, and lots of Mozzarella is what pasta dreams are made of! It’s an easy, cheesy dinner the whole family will love.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3 28-oz can Italian plum tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1½ tsp. dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 lb. penne or rigatoni pasta
  • 2½ cups Paradise Island Mozzarella or Paradise Island Lactose Free Mozzarella, grated
  • ⅓ cup kalamata olives, sliced, pitted
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, finely, chopped

Recipe Directions

  1. Heat 3 tbsp. of oil in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in tomatoes, dried basil and crushed red pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil. Add stock and simmer until mixture is reduced to 6 cups, approximately 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain well.
  7. Return pasta to pot and toss with 3 tbsp oil.
  8. Pour 1/2 to 2/3 of the sauce over pasta, add cheese and toss to blend.
  9. Refrigerate or freeze remaining sauce for future use.
  10. Transfer pasta to 13x9x2 inch greased glass baking dish.
  11. Sprinkle with olives. Bake until pasta is heated through, about 30 minutes.
  12. Sprinkle with basil.