Pasta Baked With Olives, Vegetables and Mozzarella
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 lb pasta, shapes (doesn't matter what shape you use)
- 1 cup kalamata olive, peeled and sliced
- 3 firm ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced (or canned tomatoes)
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese or 1 cup romano cheese
- 1⁄2 lb whole milk mozzarella cheese or 1/2 lb provolone cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease a shallow baking dish with olive oil.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, add the zucchini and cook over med-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini begin to brown; season with salt and peper.
- Set aside to cool.
- Cook the pasta al dente.
- Drain, rinse with cold water, drain again, then toss with the zucchini.
- Add the olives, tomatoes and half the cheeses to the pasta.
- Toss well and pour into the baking dish.
- Spread the remaining mozzarella on top, reserving the rest of the parmesan for garnish.
- Bake the pasta until the cheese is melted and the pasta is heated through (about 15-20 minutes).
- Serve with the remaining cheese.
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Going to a pot luck tonight, so I ventured down your list, saw this and remembered that I have one of those huge jars of mixed olives and peppers from Costco, I mean huge, still hogging refrigerator space. So I multiplied the recipe made one for the home front which we have just tasted, surely that is not cheating??? so 1/2 the jar went for the kalamata olives(there are some other varieties in the jar but I tried to stay fairly conventional for once) and I had some good mozzarella from Pikes market and bought some bow ties, just because this seemed like a dress up dinner. EXCELLENT. It is on the list now, the good one. Thanks again, this is fun. LuluB
This really did not work for us. I measured out 8 oz of dry pasta by weight, and ended up with enough pasta to fill a 2 1/2 qt. baking dish - more like 6 to 8 servings. There really did not seem to be enough cheese - I guess I was expecting more of a sauce effect, and had instead pasta with some daubs of cheese. I liked all the individual ingredients, but as a dish this just did not appeal to us. Sorry.