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.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
Add penne and reserved pasta water to the zucchini in the skillet; toss to combine.
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.
This was really easy to make- I added yellow squash, asparagus and grilled chicken to the recipe and it gave it an extra kick. I also added crushed red pepper to give it a little zing. I guess I just used this recipe as the base, but it turned out nicely.
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