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

tomato mushroom pasta recipe, tomato mushroom pasta

Question: so why this recipe of penne 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 cylindrical shaped pasta. Pasta is usually made from wheat flour and eggs. The ones which I had were made from durum wheat semolina and without eggs.

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.

Step-by-Step Guide

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

Easy, tangy penne pasta recipe with tomatoes, herbs and mushrooms.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cuisine Vegan
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3


for the tomato mushroom sauce

  • 6-7 ripe red medium size tomatoes
  • 2 medium size onions sliced or chopped
  • 300 grams mushrooms
  • 6-7 garlic small to medium sized, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons italian herb mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 green olives
  • 4 black olives
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons 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.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Penne Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 995mg43%
Potassium 1230mg35%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2135IU43%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 6mg30%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 6mg40%
Vitamin K 49µg47%
Calcium 131mg13%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 85µg21%
Iron 3mg17%
Magnesium 95mg24%
Phosphorus 307mg31%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Hey,

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

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

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