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Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

April 19, 2009


Carl found this recipe, by Giada De Laurentis on the Food Network’s website and it looked so good, we decided to give it a try.  It turned out as delicious as it sounds.


  • 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
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs or herbs de Provence
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus 1/3 cup for topping
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces


Preheat the oven to 450° F.

On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and dried herbs.  Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to 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, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ 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 cheese and butter pieces.  Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2009 6:46 am

    That looks and sounds delicious! I’m not a fan of mushrooms, so I would leave them out or substitute with another vegetable. But there’s no garlic! YAY! I absolutely HATE

  2. April 19, 2009 6:47 am

    OK, that’s strange. Posted before I finished!

    I was saying that I HATE garlic and steer clear of any recipes that use a lot of it.

    I’m going to try this one for sure.

  3. April 19, 2009 7:47 am

    Love Giada, but those long item lists always turn me off a bit. Too many things to coordinate! 😛

  4. April 19, 2009 8:01 am

    I have a similiar recipe that we make all the time too. I am pretty sure its almost the same recipe except for a few items that are different.

  5. April 19, 2009 8:07 am

    Yummmmm! My sister is a huge fan of Giada’s. I have gotten her a few of her cookbooks as gifts.

  6. April 19, 2009 8:13 am

    Mmmmm . . . except for the mushrooms. 🙂

  7. April 19, 2009 8:57 am

    This looks and sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to try it out! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. April 19, 2009 9:27 am

    My husband’s not a big fan of cooked veggies in any form (you might imagine that this makes meal planning a challenge at times!), but I just might try out this one anyway – sounds delicious! Thanks, Kathy!

  9. April 19, 2009 9:40 am

    This sounds really good and fairly easy to make. We’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. April 19, 2009 9:55 am

    That looks delicious – especially all the melty cheese.

  11. April 19, 2009 10:01 am

    Just in time! My vegetarian daughter and her hubby are coming from DE for a visit in about 10 days. It’s always a challenge as my husband and I do eat meat. I have to come up with something everyone will enjoy and stick with her guidelines. This recipe sounds really good. Thanks!

  12. April 19, 2009 10:05 am

    YUM!! I love Giada!

  13. April 19, 2009 10:38 am

    This looks delicious! I think we’ll try it this week.

  14. April 19, 2009 11:36 am

    This looks delicious. I’m glad we didn’t read this post during read-a-thon…we would have spent time making this instead of reading.

  15. April 19, 2009 12:43 pm

    that looks delish–and pretty easy, which is a plus for me! i made giada’s creamy orzo pasta once…it was really yummy.

  16. April 19, 2009 3:36 pm

    This sounds delicious!

  17. April 19, 2009 3:58 pm

    yum, that looks so good 8)

  18. April 19, 2009 4:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks and sounds great. I’m going to try this one.

  19. April 19, 2009 4:46 pm

    Looks delicious. I Like pasta bakes! MMMM

  20. April 19, 2009 5:14 pm

    Good for your husband. This is an interesting combination of ingredients. I don’t think I’ve ever put squash together with peas and red peppers. But in reading the recipe it looks like it would be very tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe and tell your husband thanks for finding it.

    Also, thanks so much for your comments during the Read-a-Thon. They really meant a lot to me.

  21. April 19, 2009 6:12 pm

    I love penne pasta dishes. I’ll have to try this one!

  22. April 19, 2009 8:11 pm

    Yum! This is right up my alley!

  23. April 19, 2009 8:11 pm

    Oh, my… I’m salivating. I adore Giada = ).
    Now… I am stomping away in a huff b/c I wasn’t invited to the most delicious Sunday grubfest.
    I’m stomping…

    P.S. I crushed your cremini’s. Oops = Q. LOL.

  24. April 19, 2009 8:36 pm

    Yummo. That looks like my kind of recipe. I’m saving it to try. Thanks for sharing it!!

  25. April 19, 2009 11:33 pm

    This looks delicious!!

  26. April 20, 2009 7:29 am

    Looks yummy — but I would have used garlic (sorry Lynne!)

  27. April 20, 2009 9:58 am

    Dishes that you can prep ahead of time, ready to go in the oven, are the best for weeknights!

    I’ll give this one a try, thanks, Kathy.

  28. April 20, 2009 11:02 am

    That looks sooo good. I love Giada.

  29. April 20, 2009 11:51 am

    I’ve seen Giada make this one. It looks and sounds so yummy. You always manage to make me hungry with these recipes. lol.

  30. Carol permalink
    April 20, 2009 2:29 pm

    Looks delicious. Now my stomach’s growling.

  31. alirambles permalink
    April 20, 2009 5:49 pm

    This looks so good, I love roasted vegetables! (I’d add some garlic, though.)

  32. April 21, 2009 4:45 pm

    I love Giada recipes and have made this one before. It’s delicious!

  33. April 22, 2009 10:24 am

    Looks awesome!! 🙂

  34. April 22, 2009 10:47 am

    i’m going to make this tonight and add some garlic and red pepper for spice. sounds so good though!

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