Recipe by JT'sMom
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 that same night. 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.
Top Review by CookKT
This is a wonderful dish. It is easy to make and absolutely delicious! I added one extra zucchini, extra mushrooms, and some broccoli. I didn't have fontina cheese so I added some extra smoke mozzarella and parmesan to make up for it. I also used whole wheat penne. It turned out fantastic!
- 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
- 59.14 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 4.92 ml salt, divided, to taste
- 4.92 ml fresh ground black pepper, divided, to taste
- 14.79 ml dried Italian herb seasoning or 14.79 ml herbes de provence, to taste
- 453.59 g penne pasta
- 709.77 ml marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
- 236.59 ml grated Fontina cheese, to taste
- 118.29 ml grated smoked mozzarella cheese, to taste
- 354.88 ml frozen peas, thawed
- 59.14 ml grated parmesan cheese, plus
- 78.07 ml grated parmesan cheese, for topping, to taste
- 29.58 ml butter, cut into small pieces, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.