Perfectly Penne Primavera

We’ve got the low-down on an easy way to sneak veggies into the kids’ diet—it’s called Perfectly Penne Primavera. Loaded with veggies, but made irresistible by melted-to-perfection mozzarella and parmesan, this recipe is where whole foods meet comfort food. To make it even healthier, try a cauliflower pasta. It tastes great, and hey, more veggies!

What You'll Need:

2 Cups of Cooked Penne Pasta (or other short pasta)
1 Medium Zucchini, sliced, or ¾ cup of frozen Zucchini/Summer Squash
1 Medium Yellow Squash, sliced, or ¾ cup of frozen Yellow Squash/Summer Squash
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced, or ½ cup of frozen peppers
1 Green Bell Pepper, diced, or ½ cup of frozen peppers
1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced
1 Bunch of Parsley, minced
1 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
1 cup of whole milk
2 tablespoons of flour
1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 cup of bread crumbs
 

For Serving:

Fresh Parsley
Grated Parmesan

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 9x13” baking casserole dish.

Begin by cooking pasta according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, prepare your vegetables. Slice zucchini and yellow squash lengthwise and then into ½” half-moon shapes. Dice peppers & onions. Set aside.

Create sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add in minced garlic. Sauté until golden and fragrant. Add in 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour and cook for 1 minute. Then whisk in 1 cup of milk. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 5-7 minutes until the mixture thickens. Add ½ a cup of grated parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning, and stir to fully incorporate.

In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked pasta, vegetables and the creamy sauce and mix until sauce thoroughly coats the vegetables and pasta. Next, add ½ cup of Mozzarella Cheese and mix. Using a spatula, spread mixture evenly into your 9x13” baking dish. Top with ½ cup of Mozzarella Cheese, Bread Crumbs and a ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until Mozzarella cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Allow to cool for 15 minutes prior to serving on a Dixie Ultra® 10.5” Plate. Enjoy!

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