I jam packed this pasta with 2 sheet pans of veggies. I kid you not.
It's deliciousness is threefold. 1-pasta, no words needed. Pasta is where it's at. 2-cheese. Come on, you know cheese makes everything better. And 3-a gazillion servings of veggies. Necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but can be made to be more delicious by roasting and combining with pasta and cheese.
I actually like veggies on their own, but if you know someone who doesn't this dish may convert them.
Healthy, Cheesy Veggie Baked Penne
1 bunch of asparagus
container of mushrooms
2 medium zucchini
2 medium yellow squash
2 handfuls fresh spinach
15 oz box of whole wheat penne
1 8 oz container of part skim ricotta
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella
Wash and cut asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini and squash. Toss in olive oil, season with salt and garlic salt and roast at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Boil your pasta until al dente and drain.
Toss your cooked veggies in a bowl, add in the ricotta and parmesan. Put the spinach on the top of the heap and pour in the hot pasta. Mix it all together and season with salt.
Pour into a greased 9x13 dish and top with mozzarella.
Bake for 20 minutes covered loosely with aluminum foil and for 6-7 minutes uncovered.
Forgive my dirty looking fork. It's dirty with this pasta, only, I assure you.
Have a great weekend, everyone!