Cherry Tomato Sauce with Penne


The best way to eat cherry tomatoes is plucked warm off the vine and eaten raw standing in front of the plant. The next best is raw, in some sort of salad. The third best way is made into a cherry tomato sauce, as I've done in this recipe. Ladle into bowls and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (such as Sun Gold)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 14 ounces penne pasta

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Combine cherry tomatoes, oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until garlic is just toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Pour chicken broth into tomato mixture; bring to a simmer and cook until tomatoes start to collapse and burst, about 10 minutes. Stir in oregano and red pepper flakes. Purée tomato mixture with a stick blender until sauce is smooth. Cover to keep warm and set aside.

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  4. Add penne to tomato sauce in the saucepan; stir until penne is well coated with sauce. Stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

475 Calories
12g Fat
76g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 475
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 385mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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