As often happens when I make pasta I am so excited to eat it that I forget to take a picture. Luckily there are plenty of images on the internet of penne and meatballs.
Although I purchased pre-made frozen meatballs, I did make the sauce. Making spaghetti sauce is easy. I sautéed onions and garlic adding red pepper flakes, oregano, and salt as they were cooking. Next came a can of tomato paste followed by 1/4 cup red wine to deglaze the pan. Then a large can of Muir Glen crushed tomatoes. I let that cook together for half an hour and then added the frozen meatballs. The whole mixture cooked together for another half hour and then it was time to correct the seasoning, serve it up, and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
It was pretty yummy although the meatballs were a little spongy. Homemade meatballs would have been so much better. But, hey, I am on vacation and allowed to take some shortcuts!