Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta Bake Recipe

Taste of Italy Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta Bake 2geekswhoeat.com #pasta #vegetarianBuon Giorno! Over at Geeks Who Eat Headquarters we are celebrating all things Italian! With a little help from our friends at Fry’s Food Stores (or whatever Kroger is in your neck of the woods), we are venturing into the realm of Italian recipes with a Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta Bake! Fry’s is currently running their Taste of Italy promotion. This means that your local Fry’s/Kroger Store has a slew of delicious Italian products.

With all of these wonderful products to choose from, we decided that we really wanted to do an entree recipe. We tend to focus a lot of tacos for entrees, so this was a great way for us to think outside of the box. One of the specials being offered is a buy one get one with Orti d’Italia Pasta Sauce and Di Martino Pasta. This was perfect, we figured we’d try our hand at a pasta bake. The result was this Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta Bake!

Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta BakeThis dish is a perfect meal for the whole family and is easy to make. Loaded with veggies like kale, mushrooms, and zucchini, you can feel a little bit better about eating the copious amounts of cheese in this pasta. It also pairs well with the Taste of Italy Tradtional Caprese Salad and a nice red wine.

Have you visited Fry’s Food Stores Taste of Italy display? What were your favorite items? Do you have your own recipe that is a Taste of Italy? We’d love to see it! Leave a comment below or use the hash tag #GeekEats! Until next time, ciao!

Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta Bake Recipe

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz whole mushrooms; quartered
  • 1 medium zucchini; sliced and quartered
  • 4 leaves curly green kale; stem removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 jar Tomato Basil Orti D'Italia Pasta Sauce
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 4.25 oz can chopped black olives
  • 1 package Di Martino Penne Pasta
  • 15 oz container part skim Ricotta
  • 1 cup finely grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan Regiano cheese
  • Basil to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil. Make sure pan is big enough to hold sauce.
  • Add mushrooms, zucchini, and kale.
  • Cook until just tender.
  • Add pasta sauce, garlic, and black olives and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat down and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • While sauce simmers, cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain pasta and combine it in a bowl with the Ricotta and Pecorino.
  • Stir carefully until well combined. (Be careful not to mash the noodles)
  • Pour half of the pasta sauce mixture into a 9x13 baking dish covering the entire bottom.
  • Carefully spread pasta and cheese mixture into the baking dish.
  • Top with remaining sauce.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with Parmesan.
  • Bake for 3-5 more minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and top with chopped basil.
  • Serve.
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Try this deliciously cheesy and vegetarian Fully Loaded Veggie Pasta Bake. Easy to make and full of flavor, it is sure to please! 2geekswhoeat.com #vegetarian #pasta #ad

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