Penne With Cheese And Olives Recipe

A comfort food dish that combines pasta and cheese with olives, peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms.


Prep Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes


Serves 4

Recipe Ingredients

  • 250 g SPAR Italian Style Quills (Penne Rigate)
  • ¼ cup (65 ml) SPAR Butter
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 500 g punnet mushrooms, sliced
  • 1\3 cup (85 ml) SPAR Cake Flour
  • 3 cups (750 ml) SPAR Milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) SPAR Tomato Paste
  • 10 SPAR Black Olives, pips removed and halved
  • ½ cup (125 ml) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup (250 ml) SPAR Cheddar, grated
  • ½ cup (125 ml) SPAR Mozzarella, grated

Recipe Method

  1. Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile melt the butter and fry the onion, red pepper and mushrooms, stirring until soft.
  3. Add the flour stirring until it bubbles. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the milk.
  4. Return to the stove and add the tomato paste and stir until mixture thickens.
  5. Combine the 2 cheeses. Stir half this cheese mixture into the sauce.
  6. Combine the cheese sauce, pasta, olives and basil. Spoon mixture into individual ramekins or 1 large serving dish. Top with remaining cheese and place under a hot grill until cheese melts.

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