Penne with Mushrooms


  • Salt
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 ribs celery from the heart, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • One can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more to pass around the table
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, shredded


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.

While the pasta is working, in a large, deep skillet, heat the EVOO , 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, peppers, carrot, garlic and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the wine and boil for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and chicken broth, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir the 1 cup cheese and half of the sauce into the pasta. Serve in shallow bowls, topped with the remaining sauce and the basil. Pass extra cheese at the table.

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