Baked Penne With Roasted Vegetables

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I watched Giada prepare this dish on her Food Network show, Everyday Italian. Episode: Vegetarian Italian It looked so easy and delicious, I prepared it for my family. It was a big hit! NOTE: Giada prepared this dish for her Mother who dislikes garlic, so I added 10 split cloves of garlic to the vegetables before roasting.
Ingredients
2 red peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch wide strips
2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 cremini mushrooms, halved
1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch strips
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided, to taste
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, divided, to taste
1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning or herbes de provence, to taste
1 lb penne pasta
3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
1 cup grated Fontina cheese, to taste
1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella cheese, to taste
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, for topping, to taste
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, to taste
 
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander.
4. In a large bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.
5. Pour the pasta into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and butter pieces. Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.
 
Notes:
Serves:  6
Categories:
Meal   DinnerDish   Main Dish
Cooking Method   BakedPrep Time   15 to 30 minutes
Cooking Time   15 to 30 minutes 
Features   Vegan, Vegetarian




Carolyn Beck

Member since Jun 2008

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