Country Pasta with Cheese


2 tb Chopped onion

2 Garlic cloves, minced

1 ts Olive oil

1 c portabello or shitake mushrooms sliced

1 c Canned italian tomatoes, (reserve liquid), chopped

5 sm Black olives, sliced in half

1/8 ts Crushed red pepper

2 c Cooked penne or ziti pasta

2 ts Grated parmesan cheese

Fresh basil leaves


In a 3 quart microwavable casserole, combine onion, garlic

and oil and stir to coat. Microwave on high (100%) for 1

minute. Add mushrooms and tomatoes with reserved liquid

and stir to com- bine. Cover and microwave on high for 7

minutes, stirring once every 3 minutes. Add olives and

pepper and stir thoroughly. To serve, in serving bowl

arrange pasta; top with mushroom-tomato mixture and toss

to combine. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with basil.

Yield: 2 servings