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Whole-Wheat Penne with Tomatoes and Red Onion


Red onion adds a sweet note to roasted tomatoes. Toss the mix with whole-wheat pasta, and this quick weeknight dinner is ready in no time.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2010


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces dried whole-wheat penne
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. Preheat broiler. Toss tomatoes and onion with 2 teaspoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the red-pepper flakes. Broil on a rimmed baking sheet until tomatoes are just starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

  3. Toss warm pasta with garlic, remaining 2 teaspoons oil, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in tomato mixture and the oregano. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking water to moisten; stir in remaining water as needed. Divide pasta among 4 bowls, and stir 1 tablespoon ricotta into each.

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