Anyway, this was delicious. I loved the addition of the basil, which made it taste really fresh. I used whole wheat penne for this recipe, and although I usually love whole wheat pastas, the texture of it bothered me in this dish. Next time I'll just use regular semolina pasta. Other than that, though, I wouldn't change a thing. This was a fast and flavorful dinner that the whole family enjoyed.
Baked Penne with Broccoli and Three Cheeses
source: slightly adapted from Epicurious
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups penne pasta
3 cups 1-inch broccoli florets
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups purchased marinara sauce
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, divided
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir oil and garlic in small skillet over medium heat 1 minute; set aside. Cook penne in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender, about 11 minutes. Add broccoli; cook 1 minute. Drain. Gently stir in butter and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese.
2. Mix marinara, 1/2 cup mozzarella, ricotta, basil, and garlic in large bowl. Add pasta and broccoli; toss. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a glass baking dish. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and parmesan over.
3. Bake pasta uncovered until cheese melts, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.