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Easy Cinnamon-Tomato Penne

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4

A hint of cinnamon takes this marinara sauce to a whole new level! ...MORE+ LESS-

Gimme Some Oven
December 1, 2014


ounces dried pasta
tablespoon olive oil
medium onion, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
(28 ounce) can Muir Glen™ crushed tomatoes with basil (with juice)
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon dried oregano
teaspoon sugar
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
teaspoon salt
cup crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese


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  • 1
    Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions, then drain.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, while the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a separate large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Then stir in tomatoes, cinnamon, oregano, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Heat until the sauce just begins to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • 3
    Serve the pasta with the sauce ladled on top, then sprinkle with crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese.

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More About This Recipe
  • Cinnamon is the secret weapon in this quick and easy pasta dish.

    Looking for a fun twist on classic pasta marinara?

    Try adding some cinnamon!

    It may sound a little surprising, but this Greek twist on the classic recipe is always a crowd pleaser at my house!

    Just add a hint of cinnamon, and sprinkle the pasta with feta, and this Easy Cinnamon-Tomato Penne recipe will be the rock star of your dinner table in no time.

    Feel free to serve it as is, or add in some grilled chicken or shrimp for some extra protein.

    Here’s the how to!

    This recipe pairs wonderfully with some warm French bread.  So for a homemade shortcut, try Pillsbury’s Artisan Whole Wheat French bread.  Pop it open…

    Lay out the dough on a greased baking sheet, and use your knife to cut in the classic lines along the top of the dough.

    Then bake it and watch it rise to yummy perfection.

    While the bread is baking, bring water to boil and cook your pasta to al dente.  Then in a separate saucepan, heat your oil, and then saute your onion until translucent.  Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, then add in the remaining sauce ingredients.

    Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

    Then when your pasta is ready, ladle it onto your plates or serving dishes.

    Then top with the sauce, and sprinkle with some feta or Parmesan cheese.  Delish!

    Ali loves music and fun food! Check out her great stuff at her blog site, Gimme Some Oven, and her Tablespoon profile -- and keep watching Quick Dish to see what colorful, nommy recipes she dreams up next!

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