A hearty, veggie packed pasta dish that's perfect for serving year round! It has so much fresh flavor, it's a great way to use up those vegetables in the fridge, plus it's a bright and colorful dish so it helps get the kids to eat their vegetables.
- 10 oz. dry Barilla Penne Pasta
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
- 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into matchsticks
- 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 medium yellow squash, sliced into quarter portions
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced into quarter portions
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup (heaping) grape tomatoes, halved through the length
- 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup pasta water
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan, divided
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne pasta in salted water according to package directions, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
Meanwhile heat olive oil in a 12-inch (and deep) skillet over medium-high heat.
Add red onion and carrot and saute 2 minutes.
Add broccoli and bell pepper then saute 2 minutes.
Add squash and zucchini then saute 2 - 3 minutes or until veggies have nearly softened.
Add garlic, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning and saute 2 minutes longer.
Pour veggies into now empty pasta pot or a serving bowl, add drained pasta, drizzle in lemon juice, season with a little more salt as needed and toss while adding in pasta water to loosen as desired.
Toss in 1/4 cup parmesan and parsley then serve with remaining parmesan on top.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy