Baked Pasta Primavera

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 519
Fat 19 g
Satfat 11 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 19 g
Carbohydrate 67 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 1083 mg
Calcium 0.0 mg

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
8 ounces ziti
1 1-lb. package mixed frozen vegetables
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°F; lightly grease a 2-quart (11-by-7-inch) baking dish.

2. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add flour; stir until blended, about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and broth. Cook, stirring, until mixture forms a thick, smooth sauce, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add ziti; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add vegetables and bring back to a boil. Cook until pasta is almost done, about 3 minutes longer. Drain and return to pot.

4. Pour sauce over pasta and vegetables; mix well. Spread evenly in baking dish. In a small dish, mix remaining Parmesan and bread crumbs. Melt remaining butter, stir into bread-crumb mixture and sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake until casserole is bubbly and top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

January 2010
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