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Quick food: Penne Express by Majnouna Quick food: Penne Express by Majnouna
:pointl: Check out the book!

I'm a big proponent of cooking one's own food, as it's never as healthy and as nutritious (and tasty!) as when you make it yourself, with love and fresh ingredients free of preservatives, but I understand the common reason not to: too tired after work, no time when I get home, etc.

So I started sharing some recipes that are specifically simple and quick to make. Simple as in they have to fit on a single page, and quick as in 30 minutes tops (Quick food, not fast food!). I think it's good to have a collection of these for those days where cooking is really difficult, even though on a regular day I'm happy to spend 2 hours making a salad if the result is interesting enough. This one is an old favorite, I never get tired of it. Enjoy!

My original inspiration for these was Sarah Becan's awesome Sauceome comics!


More recipes in my folder: Quick Food, Not Fast Food.
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:iconblackdahlia:
blackdahlia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Penne... :iconmegustaplz:
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty much how I make homemade tomato sauce!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm getting tired of silly comments.
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:iconarcticicewolf:
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Itīs not meant silly, sorry if you misunderstood me :) I like those Quick Food instructions...
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Sangeline Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
If you don't have Feta, what other cheeses do you think would be good? I have goat and ricotta at the moment...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Goat, I'd say. You want a salty/tangy cheese. You could even try with halloumi... the texture is different, but it's excellent when heated or grilled.
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Sangeline Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Thanks! <3 your recipe, looking forward to making it tonight!
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:iconenvy422:
envy422 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
what is a 'T'
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Tablespoon
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:iconenvy422:
envy422 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
thank you :heart:
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:iconsounddrive:
Sounddrive Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Do you put the salt into the water, or onto the penne?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Pasta is always boiled in salted water...
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:iconsounddrive:
Sounddrive Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How much salt?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
A pinch or two. You've never made pasta??
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:iconsounddrive:
Sounddrive Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not like this. I'm trying to learn . . . ^^; I'm still in high school . . . an amateur.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ok, well you just need a bit of salt in the water, and don't put the pasta in until it's boiling heartily. Then make sure you take them off the fire and drain the water as soon as they're soft enough to eat (takes 5-10 mn depending on the type), otherwise they start getting too soft!
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KuroCyou Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student
omg, someone not italian who actually knows how to cook pasta! Yay! *shake hands*
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm always shocked that there can be anybody who doesn't! :XD:
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:iconsounddrive:
Sounddrive Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the tip!
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:iconlucabutta:
lucabutta Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
...no salt in water to boil ?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes salt. I took it for granted that people knew how to boil pasta, which may have been a mistake.
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Ciara06 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tried this the other day, but had to use couscous since I didn't have any penne and it came out AMAZING! Thank you for the amazing recipes, cheap and easy to make and above all delicious ^.^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would never have thought of using couscous instead of pasta, but if it was good then that's a win!
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sampea Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I've tried it tonight and it was delicious!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconsampea:
sampea Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
:)
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:iconsampea:
sampea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Looks good and fit for a beginner!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's right :)
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:iconsampea:
sampea Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
:)
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MyPresenceEuphoria Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'll add you to favs because all these fast recipes will be very useful when I go to my students' flat hahaha ^^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Super :D
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:iconpexaro:
Pexaro Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great recipe! I'll have to try it ;)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do!
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siile Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
These are such a cute idea! The recipes look really good too
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good to hear!
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:iconfurryknight:
FurryKnight Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
yea pasta... :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconduperhero:
duperhero Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Photographer
I think, I'm gonna note it down!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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:iconduperhero:
duperhero Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Photographer
Thanks!
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Dweeb-tan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks simply delicioso! I have to ask, could turning the cherry tomatoes into a light tomato sauce also work? I'm only 14 and I really want to fix this up for myself. I really can't stand whole tomatoes . w .
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, that wouldn't work at all, it would be quite awful :( I would pass on this recipe if you don't like tomatoes, or just omit them altogether.
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The-phoenix-Miya Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Fixed it. It was so much fun to make. Did a little bit of variations, such as I used Italian seasonings, Parmesan cheese and feta cheese, and a little bit of sea salt. I'll probably post the picture on deviantart. If you want I'll show you the link. Thanks again for the recipe! you should definitely make more.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
That sounds so yummy! Don't you love how flexible simple recipes are? I love experimenting.
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The-phoenix-Miya Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
IT was delicious. My mom and my friends loved it. And yes, I do love simple recipes. They're so easy and less time consuming.
I love experimenting with different kinds of food.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I might try substituting Boursin for the feta. :drool:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yum!!
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sa-cha Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
more recipes please :D!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Will do!
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Keleri Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I made this tonight! The picture made it look so delicious and it was. :D
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