Penne with three different kinds of tomatoes
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Alright, it’s classic. But nevertheless it should not be absent in any collection of recipes.
This is my contribution to the Kochtopf's tomatoe-blog-event.

Penne with three different kinds of tomatoes
ategory: pasta, Italy
serves: 4
own variation

2              red onions, medium size
2              cloves of garlic
                olive oil
1      tin    Italian tomatoes (Pelati, 850g)
3-4           bay leaves
1     tbsp. dried basil
1              dried peperoncino (chopped)
1/2    tsp.  brown sugar
10-15       sun-dried tomatoes
350     g    pasta
15-20       cherry tomatoes
                 salt, pepper (freshly ground)
1/2 bunch of fresh basil
                 white balsamico
                 Parmesan cheese


Peel onions and chopp into wedges. Brown them with finely chopped garlic in 3 tbsp. of olive oil. When they have taken a golden colour (not brown) mix them with the mashed tinned tomatoes, add the bay leaves, dried basil, brown sugar and some chopped peperoncino.

Cut dried tomatoes into 4 parts and add them after 10 minutes. Let everything simmer for another 20 min.

Bring 4 liters water to the boil, add 4 tbsp. salt (yes, pasta needs nearly the salt concentration of sea water, nearly 3 %) and cook the pasta to be nearly done – al dente.

Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves. Season the sugo with salt and pepper, add some Tabasco if you like. Maybe you will mix in some drops of balsamico.

Pick the basil leaves from the bunch und cut them into fine strips using a very sharp knife. Cut this way, the basil strips will hold their color and flavour. If it is squeeze them they will turn black and bitter.

Save a big cup of the pasta boiling water. Pour off the pasta water and mix your pasta with the sugo, the cherry tomatoes and the basil strips in a big bowl. Now dilute the sugo with some of the saved-up water because the pasta will swallow the sugo's moisture.

Serve with grated parmesan and some drops of fresh olive oil.

If you like it hot, season the sugo with freshly chopped chili pepper, including the seeds.
Oh wow! Simply Delicious!

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