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penne_tomato_orange

Recipe Author: America’s Test Kitchen
Cookbook: The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook
Key Ingredients: Fresh tomatoes, fennel, orange (zest + juice), garlic, basil, others.

This was really, really good. My husband and I opted for whole wheat penne to go along with this, though the recipe called for normal penne.

Overall, the taste could best be described as fresh. The orange really brightened it up and gave the whole dish a nice pop. As a result of this discovery, I’d like to cook more dishes with orange juice/zest in it though I suspect it’s one of those flavors you can’t go adding willy-nilly.

The recipe only called for 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes; it could easily stand to have more without the flakes overpowering the dish. In fact, I did add more to my bowl. Of course, your mileage may vary with this.