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Cheesy Baked Penne With Roasted Veggies

Penne baked with cheese, sauce and loaded with healthy vegetables in every bite. Roasted zucchini, red bell peppers, asparagus, red onion and fennel are tossed with balsamic and herbs then roasted for the best tasting meatless baked pasta dish EVER!

INGREDIENTS

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium (8-ounce) zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium (8 oz) fennel bulb, ends removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and slightly smashed
  • 1 tablespoon DeLallo Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • 1 tablespoon DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 (1-pound) package DeLallo Penne Rigate Pasta
  • 8-ounces part skim ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup DeLallo Pecorino Romano, shredded
  • 8-ounces part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 (25.25-ounce) jar DeLallo Pomodoro Marinara Sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with oil, toss the peppers, zucchini, fennel, asparagus, red onion and garlic with balsamic, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender on the lower rack of the oven, about 15 to 20 minutes stirring halfway, until slightly browned tender.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente, (undercooking slightly as it will continue cooking in the oven), drain.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, parsley, 6 tablespoons of the Pecorino Romano cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Spray a deep 13x9-inch baking dish with olive oil spray.
  6. Put half of the cooked roasted vegetables into the prepared baking dish, then half of the pasta and top with 1 cup of the sauce. Spoon the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce in an even layer. Cover with the remaining pasta, then vegetables, then the remaining sauce. Finish with the remaining mozzarella and 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese.
  7. Cover with the remaining pasta, then vegetables, then the remaining sauce. Finish with the remaining mozzarella and 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes, or until the mozzarella is melted.
  9. Remove from oven Let the dish rest for 10 minutes then serve.

Cheesy Baked Penne With Roasted Veggies

Penne baked with cheese, sauce and loaded with healthy vegetables in every bite. Roasted zucchini, red bell peppers, asparagus, red onion and fennel are tossed with balsamic and herbs then roasted for the best tasting meatless baked pasta dish EVER!