Monday, April 12, 2010

Baked Penne with Broccoli and Three Cheeses

Basically this dish is a meatless baked ziti, only with penne pasta and broccoli. So right away I knew we would all like it -- Joe for the "three cheeses" part of the recipe, Andrew for the "broccoli" part and me for the...well, all of it. My love for pasta knows no bounds, which probably comes as a shock to exactly none of you.

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.


Katie said...

This looks like it needs to be tried at our house. I could see using a few other veggies as well. Thanks for sharing!

Kat said...

This looks so darn good! I am so bookmarking this!

Monica H said...

We don't eat pasta very much and now I'm asking myself why?

I just blogged about your crock pot coq au vin!

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Gina said...

Would this work if you add some ground beef or italian sausage to it? I love the whole 3 cheese idea and I've been looking for a creamy penne pasta recipe! :)