Penne Rigate with Mushrooms & Tomatoes

5 from 1 vote

Add complementary flavors to this classic pasta dish!

Penne rigate is a pasta with ridges which capture the flavor of every herb and veggie you add to your recipe. Antioxidant-rich tomatoes and earthy, superfood mushrooms are a perfect pair that combine to produce an authentic Italian recipe that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. A family favorite, this one will please your loved ones and add a serving of veggies to their day!

5 from 1 vote

Penne Rigate with Mushrooms & Tomatoes

Sneak in those vegetables with this Italian dish that's both nutritious and tasty.
Yield 6 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 yellow onion medium, sliced into 1/8 inch rings
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces chanterelle mushrooms or baby bella (crimini) mushrooms
  • 12 cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red wine optional vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces whole-grain penne or whole-wheat, substitute with ziti
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • bunch of parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano cheese or parmesan cheese, grated


  • Over medium-low heat, cook onions in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil until caramelized.
  • When the onions are caramelized, add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cooked for about 5 minutes. Allow most of the liquid to evaporate.
  • Turn the heat up to medium. Add the tomatoes then after about 5 minutes, add the red wine or broth. Maintain the medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • In the meantime, while waiting for the sauce to thicken, over high heat, boil a large pot of water for the pasta. When the water boils, add about 1 teaspoon salt then the pasta. Cook the pasta until al dente or according to directions on the package.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain but save a 1/2 cup of the water used in cooking.
  • In the saucepan with the sauce, add the cooked pasta, and, pasta water and toss.
  • Season with salt and pepper. If needed, add some of the water used for cooking the pasta.
  • Add the parsley, drizzle with additional extra-virgin olive oil if desired and sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano before serving.


Caramelized onions add loads of flavor to just about any dish, especially pasta. Don't rush it, caramelizing takes time. Typically this process takes about 25 - 30 minutes and should be a rich brown color.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 250mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

Have you made this recipe?
Tag @skinnyms on Instagram or hashtag it #skinnyms

Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Pinterest for tasty recipes, clean eating tips, and healthy lifestyle resources.

We’d love to hear what you think. Leave us a comment in the comments section below.

This post may include affiliate links.

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

More by Rowena

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating