Community Recipe
from [philtoe50]
Vegetable-loaded pasta bake

Vegetable-loaded pasta bake

  • Yield: 1 serving


  • 8 oz dried whole wheat penne pasta 2 3/4 cups
  • 2 1/2 cups cauliflower florets, 1/2 medium head
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 12 oz kale, stems removed, leaves torn, 12 cups
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 recipe cheese sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • all purose flour
  • extra sharp cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350. In large Dutch oven cook pasta according to package directions; add cauliflower the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain, rinse.

2. In same pan cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat 2 minutes. Add carrots and celery; cook just until tender. Add kale; cook just until wilted. Stir in pasta mixture, peas, and corn. Stir in cheese sauce. Transfer to 2 1/2 quart casserole. Cover; bake 35 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with parmesan. Bake 5 minutes more. Makes 6 servings.

Cheese sauce: In small saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter; stir in 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Add 1 cup fat free milk all at once; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; add 4 ounce shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup). Cook and stir until melted.

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