Whole Wheat Penne with Triple Tomato Sauce

29 Nov

Every morning I ask my husband, “What do you want for dinner?” (Yes, I’m thinking about dinner at 7am. It’s a problem.) His response is always the same, “Something healthy.” I usually give him a face that says, “Gee, thanks for the imput,” as I rack my brain for meal options. Luckily, I have 11 hours to come up with something.

Yesterday’s recipe post was all about time-saving and short cuts. If a product tastes good and can save me sometime (meaning I get to drink wine and watch TV sooner), I’ll buy it. However, there is one item in a grocery I’ll never buy. Store Bought Pasta Sauce. It never tastes good. I’ve tried different brands but there isn’t one that can trick my taste buds. Making my own pasta sauce is the only way to go.

When I get a craving for pasta, I just go with it. I always buy whole wheat pasta but the sauce creations are endless. Taking into consideration my hubby’s healthy request, I thought a marina sauce would be our best bet. But instead of just using some tomatoes, garlic and basil as a sauce — I wanted to kick it up a bit. I knew we had some sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste in our pantry. 3 different tomato flavors in one sauce. This was gonna be good.

Just because I’m making my own pasta sauce doesn’t mean I’m going to spend a lot of time in my kitchen. This meal was ready in 20 minutes. Honestly, the pasta sauce was ready by the time the pot of water for the pasta started to boil.

So if you’re like me and not a fan of store-bought pasta sauce, give this recipe a try. I think you’ll love all of the rich tomato flavor and you’ll be impressed by how easy it comes together!

Triple Tomato Pasta Sauce with Whole Wheat Penne

  • 1lb whole wheat penneΒ 
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 6 basil leaves, torn
  • Basil for garnish


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook penne until al dente. Save 1/2 cup of pasta water when draining cooked pasta. You may need it to thin out the sauce.
  2. In a sauce pan with olive oil, add onions and garlic. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add sun dried tomatoes and tomato paste. Continue stirring to incorporate paste. Add Salt & Pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes.
  3. In a blender, add canned tomatoes, basil and onion mixture. Blend until smooth. Wipe/wash clean the sauce pan if there is a lot of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. You don’t want a oily sauce. Add sauce back to the pan and keep warm until pasta is cooked. (If you have a Vitamix, just keep the sauce in the blender. The blades will warm it, so you can skip this step.) If the sauce is too thick, add a some of the pasta water to thin it out.
  4. When the pasta is cooked and drained, add sauce and garnish with basil.

Inspired by Food & Wine


7 Responses to “Whole Wheat Penne with Triple Tomato Sauce”

  1. Dana Kirby November 29, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Yum-o….where is the cheese. LOL

    • Miss Tasty November 29, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      It’s sooo good, you don’t even need the cheese! πŸ™‚

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life November 30, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    There is something so much better about homemade sauce…they just can’t bottle that! This dish sounds scrumptious!!!

    • Miss Tasty November 30, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      Thanks Jocelyn! I’m glad you agree!

  3. erika November 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Wow that is a truly vibrant dish of pasta! I love whole wheat penne so much better than regular penne…feels so much healthier right? Have you ever tried quinoa pasta? Love that too. Anyway, looks fantastic!

    • Miss Tasty November 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Yes, I love quinoa! It’s so good! Even my hubby eats it πŸ™‚

  4. Winnie December 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Just looking at these photos and I’m already hungry
    Love this sauce, and btw – I prefer mine without cheese πŸ™‚

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