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Penne pasta recipe with step by step photos – pastas and pizza …. Somethings which neither me nor hubby likes…

Question: so why this recipe of penne pasta?

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tomato mushroom pasta recipe, tomato mushroom pasta

Answer: sometimes, there is nothing wrong in making a recipe which one does not like.

Result: husband did not eat the Penne at all and just had the tomato mushroom sauce… And that leaves me to eat the penne… Which I obviously cannot… So there was the penne in the fridge which I had to have the next day. So I combined it with pesto and it was great.

But for all pasta lovers this recipe is a treat. I remembered all my friends who love pasta when I made this Italian recipe.

Few more Pasta recipes on the blog are:

penne with tomatoes and mushroom recipe

Before we start with the step by step recipe… Let me tell you what is Penne.

Penne is a cylinder shaped pasta. pasta is usually made from wheat flour or eggs. The ones which I had were made from semolina derived from durum wheat.

I have also used both black and green olives in this recipe… You could skip olives if you don’t have these. Instead of olives you can also use capers.

penne with tomatoes and mushroom recipe

This one is a vegan recipe as I have not added any cheese. Yet you could add some soft creamy cheese or parmesan cheese to the tomato mushroom sauce. Fresh cream can also be added. Also the herbs that you can use can be fresh or dried. Choose your own mix of herbs and be innovative and creative.

How to make penne pasta

1. Rinse the tomatoes and chop them.

tomatoes for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

2. Also rinse the mushrooms and chop them.

mushrooms for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

3. Heat the olive oil and add sliced onions too it and fry till they become light brown…

onions for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

4. After a few minutes add crushed garlic.

garlic for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

5. Stir it with the sauted onions.

garlic for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

6. Its time to now add the tomatoes..

tomatoes for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

7. Cook the tomatoes on a low or medium flame till they become soft and mushy. now when the tomatoes are getting cooked, heat up some water, add salt to it and cook the penne pasta. Drain and reserve once done.

cooked penne - tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

8. Now add salt and pepper to the tomatoes.

salt for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

9. Add the dried herbs.

adding herbs for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

10. I also added some extra oregano.

adding oregano for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

11. Mix all the spices well and cook the tomatoes till they become paste like… This is how the sauce should look…

making tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

12. Now we add the mushrooms..

making tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

13. Allow the mushrooms to cook in the tomato sauce… They will leave water and then shrink… Et all… Just be patient and let them cook…

mushrooms for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

14. Remove the lovely olives.

olives for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

15. Slice or chop them and add them to the tomato mushroom sauce.

olives for tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

16. Saute for a few minutes and then put of the fire… at this stage you could two things… Either add the penne to the tomato mushroom olive sauce or serve the penne separately with the tomato mushroom olive sauce like I did.

tomato mushroom penne pasta recipe

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Penne Pasta

5 from 2 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:50 mins
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for the tomato mushroom sauce

  • 6-7 ripe red medium size tomatoes
  • 2 medium size onions, sliced or chopped
  • 300 grams mushrooms
  • 6-7 flakes of garlic, crushed (lahsun)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon italian herb mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 green olives
  • 4 black olives
  • 2 or 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt as required

for the pasta

  • 200 to 250 grams penne
  • 3 or 4 cups water
  • salt as required


To make the penne pasta

  • Boil the water in a pan.
  • Add the penne and cook for 6-7 minutes.
  • Strain the water and reserve the penne.

To make the tomato mushroom sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a pan.
  • Add the sliced onions and fry them till they become light brown.
  • Add the crushed garlic and fry for a minute or two.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes now and saute them till they become soft.
  • Now add all the herbs, salt and pepper and mix it with the rest of the tomatoes.
  • Saute the tomatoes till they the entire mixture becomes one. This will take about 20-25 mins on a low flame. Keep on stirring in after couple of minutes when the tomatoes are getting cooked.
  • Now add the mushrooms.
  • The mushrooms will loose water and then shrunk in size and then get finally cooked. This process will take about 15-20 minutes.
  • Finally add the olives and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve the penne with the tomato mushroom and olives.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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16 comments/reviews

  1. I ate this just now and I had to leave a comment to let you know that it was amazing!!! Thank you so muchhhh!!

    I am going to make your bhel puri recipe in the evening… It is the best bhel puri recipe… the perfect street style taste…. tried it several times earlier and I keep going back to it…

    Somehow I don’t feel like eating regular dal chawal roti today and I am fulfilling my cravings with your recipes!!! I can’t thank you enough for sharing such amazing recipes.5 stars

    • welcome nia. glad to know that the blog is coming handy to make the food you want to eat. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  2. Hey,

    My mushrooms turned pink after 5 mins of cutting, have they gone bad? Please advise asap.

    • i know of mushrooms going black. but never heard of going pink. so cannot say. if they smell bad, then you can discard them.

  3. Your website is my recipe diary you make cooking easy , I like the narration and the results are always great

    Thank you so much for sharing those Wonderful recipies

    • thankyou anantha we are glad to know this and you are welcome.

  4. Tried it
    I added some fresh basil and put some grilled chicken on the side . It was blockbuster .
    Thanks for sharing this recipe

    • welcome rellanie

  5. Another super hit recipe. I added fresh basil too.

    I am an ardent follower of your site and almost visit it daily to check the small twists your introduce which makes everyday food so good.

    Thank you5 stars

    • welcome shilpa and thanks for your positive feedback.

  6. Hi Dassana,
    I’ve been following your blog regularly and i’ve tried some of your recipes, they were too good! 🙂 I’ve a doubt, i haven’t cooked mushrooms till now so i just want to know how long i should wait for the mushrooms to get cooked? You’ve told to leave them till they leave water and shrink but since i’m completely new to cooking mushrooms i think it will be helpful if i get to know a tentative time required for it’s cooking 🙂


    • thanks ghayathri. mushrooms don’t take a long time to cook unlike some other vegetables. it takes approx 5-6 minutes on a medium flame to cook mushrooms when you saute them in oil. when making pulaos or rice dishes you can just add them in the cooker or pan, cook for 2-3 minutes and then pressure cook the rice. while sauting in oil, it is better to cook them on a low or medium flame just do avoid scorching or burning them. you have to stir them while cooking them.

  7. Hi,
    Came across your site while searching for pasta sauce recipe .It(sauce )turned out well .I did not use mushrooms (hubby hates them)
    Have tried your hydrabadi biryani recipe too .It was appreciated by all .
    Keep up the good work

    • thanks for your positive words anu.

  8. Yum! looks so delicious.

    • they are delicious…