Healthy Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables
A healthy version of baked ziti, this is one of those recipes that is comforting and homey, but also amazingly flavorful.
- 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 tsp salt, divided
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 1 Tbs dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence
- 1 lb penne pasta (I like whole wheat penne)
- 3 cups marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
- 1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup grated fontina cheese
- 2 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces
- Chop all the veggies and preheat your oven to 450°.
- On a baking sheet (or in a casserole dish/large pan), 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.
- 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.
- Once the veggies are done, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. If you used a large casserole dish/pan to roast the veggies in, you can just dump all of the additional ingredients (pasta etc.) into that pan to mix everything together (that’s what I’d recommend!). Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.
- Top the pasta with the remaining cheese (about 1/3 cup).
- Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.
Calories from Fat 174 (35%)
(30%)Total Fat 19g
(38%)Saturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Total Carbohydrate 60g
(26%)Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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