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Fast & Easy Dinner: Smoky Penne With Corn & Tomatoes

Fast & Easy Dinner: Smoky Penne With Corn & Tomatoes

For a south of the border twist on vegetarian pasta, make this delicious and simple dish tonight. Ingredients that are not usually associated with pasta — such as chipotle chilis and fresh corn — make for an exciting and flavorful taste experience. Goat cheese pairs perfectly in this mix of Mexican meets Italian. For a dinner that can be ready in the amount of time it takes to make pasta,

Smoky Penne With Corn & Tomatoes
From Vegetarian Times magazine

12 oz. penne pasta
1 dried chipotle chile, soaked in hot water 10 minutes, or 1 chile from 4-oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
1 4-oz. log goat cheese, plus more for crumbling and sprinkling, if desired
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, remove seeds from chipotle chile and finely chop.
  3. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in skillet over medium-low heat. Add chile and garlic, and sauté 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in goat cheese and 1/3 cup water, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth sauce forms, stirring constantly. Simmer 2 minutes more, then remove from heat and add cilantro and remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil.
  4. Drain pasta, and return to pot. Add tomatoes, corn, and cheese sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and transfer to warm serving bowl.
  5. Toss in extra goat cheese crumbles, if desired.

Serves 4.


Join The Conversation
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
How would you prepare some chicken to add to it? I'm trying it out tonight.
Nerine Nerine 9 years
Made this for dinner tonight - FABULOUS.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
mmm, but I would add chicken!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i'd like this sans corn, i think
arianell arianell 9 years
i'm totally making this with the heirloom tomatoes i bought today. :)
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Yum, this sounds delish.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I love simple, yet flavorful pasta dishes, and this is one of them.
blondebombshell blondebombshell 9 years
So making this, looks delicious, thanks yum!
lisabunny lisabunny 9 years
I love spicy pasta dishes.
Food Food 9 years
kelsee - it's pronounced pen-eh - hope that helps!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I say PEN-NAY. And I love it!
kelsee kelsee 9 years
Does anyone know the right way to pronounce penne, a friend and I were discussing this.
juliefischer juliefischer 9 years
YUM!! This looks delicious! Chipotle makes everything better.
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