Penne Alla Pizza

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Total Time
15 mins
45 mins

This easy pizza-inspired pasta, similar to lasagna, is adapted from Bugialli on Pasta, by Giuliano Bugialli (Simon & Schuster, 1988).

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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Combine celery, red onion, garlic, carrots, five slices basil leaves, tomatoes, and olive oil in a saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat for an hour, stirring occasionally. Adjust salt and pepper. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook penne according to package instruction, minus one minute, so pasta is slightly undercooked. Drain. Coat a 13- x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine penne, tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano, olives, remaining basil leaves (shredded or torn), and salt and pepper to taste. Gently mix ingredients and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 15 minutes, covered with foil. Serve hot.
  2. Makes 6 to 8 servings.