Baked Pasta with Zucchini

by Chelcie on November 1, 2011

This baked pasta was the first meal I made in our apartment. Since I hadn’t started the blog yet, I figured it would be a meal to recreate because it is definitely a favorite:)

I mean who doesn’t like baked pasta?

First you sautee zucchini, onion, and garlic in some olive oil over medium high heat

Meanwhile, cook your pasta for about 8 minutes.

Picture the veggies being browned and carmelized..I got a little distracted in taking pictures because I had a little fire in my kitchen..

RIP spatula..

ANYWAYS..then I combined the cooked, drained penne, with the sautéed veggies, marinara sauce, ricotta, and parmesan cheese

Poured in a pan, and topped with grated mozzarella cheese

Baked at 375 degrees F for apx. 45 minutes

the picture does not do it justice..it is SO good. Comfort food healthy-fied (..) at its finest!

This is the perfect make-ahead meal. Prepare to the point right before baking, cover, and keep refrigerated until your ready to preheat the oven. Just let the dish come to room temperature before you bake! You can make this recipe up to a day in advance, and this makes a LOT of pasta, which is perfect for leftovers:)

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Then dig in!..and if you go back for seconds thirds..I won’t judge