Friday, March 4, 2011

Garden Penne

I was inspired to create this recipe from a pasta box. As you can tell from the picture it was delicious. And what is really fun is you can add whatever veggies you like.

1 box whole grain Penne
2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp minced garlic
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 large zucchini, diced
1 medium squash, diced
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2-3 c baby spinach
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 fresh basil leaves, torn
Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and stir for one minute. Add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add bell pepper, squash, zucchini and asparagus. Saute until heated but not completely cooked. Add tomatoes and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for an additional 2 minutes. Drain pasta and toss with vegetables and basil. Serve and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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