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Penne With Sautéed Zucchini and Parmesan

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 11 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Penne with sautéed zucchini and parmesan is a wonderful and satisfying pasta recipe but feel free to add in other fresh vegetables you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shaved fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped bottled roasted red bell pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 307
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 8 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 10 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 248 mg
  • calcium 86 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add penne, and cook 7-9 minutes or until al dente. Drain penne, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta water.

  2. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook about 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the zucchini, and sauté over medium heat another 3 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Then season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  3. Add penne and reserved pasta water to the zucchini in the skillet; toss to combine.

  4. Remove from heat and transfer to large serving bowl. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and toss gently to combine all ingredients. Serve garnished with the roasted red bell peppers and the remaining 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan.