Giada De Laurentiis makes an easy vegetarian baked pasta recipe loaded with roasted vegetables and cheese. The Food Network host’s easy recipe is a perfect make-ahead dish that everyone will love.
Giada De Laurentiis Pasta Recipe Is Packed With Healthy Ingredients
On January 11, De Laurentiis posted a photo of the delicious recipe for baked penne with roasted vegetables on his Instagram account Giadzy. “Resolving to eat more veggies this year? There’s no way to eat a variety of veggies as delicious as roasting them, tossing them with pasta, and cooking them to crispy perfection,” a- she wrote in the caption.
The recipe was featured on the Today show’s website in January 2021. “This recipe is a great way to get all your veggies in with tons of flavor,” De Laurentiis noted in the recipe’s introduction.
She continued, “It’s a great alternative for non-meat eaters, as it’s an elegant dish with lots of color and texture.” De Laurentiis explained that it’s easy to assemble ahead of time and cook when guests arrive.
She added, “It’s a real crowd pleaser all around.”
How to make Giada De Laurentiis Penne with Roasted Vegetables
De Laurentiis showed how to make his easy weeknight dinner idea on an episode of Everyday Italian. “Baked pasta is super easy and my roasted vegetable penne is no exception,” she explained. “Red peppers, yellow squash and green zucchini are at the heart of this dish. I mix them with pasta, marinara sauce and three cheeses. Then I just put them in the oven.
The Food Network host added: “The roasted vegetable penne is perfectly cooked and bursting with different flavors.”
She cut mushrooms, summer squash, zucchini, red peppers and onions. “The secret to roasting these vegetables is to cut them all about the same size,” De Laurentiis explained. “That way they bake evenly in the oven.”
“What makes these dishes so fun is the abundance of all the vegetables and the colors,” De Laurentiis explained.
Next, the Food Network star placed the vegetables on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzled with olive oil. Then she sprinkled salt, pepper and Provencal herbs over the vegetables and tossed everything together.
She roasted the vegetables in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes.
The oven does the rest of the work
De Laurentiis only cooked the pasta for 6 minutes in boiling water, drained and placed in a bowl. She added tomato sauce, frozen peas, fontina cheese and smoked mozzarella.
Everyday Italian the host added the roasted vegetables to the pasta and mixed all the ingredients together. De Laurentiis put everything in a buttered baking dish, sprinkled Parmesan on top and dotted with butter.
She baked the pasta in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 25 minutes.
The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.
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