Friday, April 12, 2013

Penne with Zucchini and Parmesan- Homemade

Penne with Zucchini and Parmesan- Homemade
Just a little something I threw together for dinner the other night. I still have a ton of veggies in the fridge and I want to use them up before they go bad so I might be making more recipe posts soon. 
This used:
  • 2 Tomatoes - diced and grilled with minced garlic
  • 1 Zucchini - Sliced and grilled
  • Penne Pasta - Boiled on the stove (I eyeballed the amount and just used what was left in the box)
  • Pasta Sauce (Again, I eyeballed it and used what was left in the jar)
  • Parmesan Cheese - grated, 1/2 cup
I filled a pot with water and a dash of salt and put it over med-high heat.
While waiting for the water to boil, I chopped the tomatoes, sliced the zucchini, and grilled them with a teaspoon of minced garlic in a grill-pan. (One of the best kitchen pans ever!)  Once grilled and ready, I set them aside and started grating the Parmesan. 
After the water came to a boil, I added the pasta and allowed it to cook until it was ‘al dente.’ (Penne is my favorite, but you can use any pasta you want.) Then I drained the cooked pasta, added the noodles and the rest of the ingredients to a glass baking dish, and topped everything with the grated cheese. 
Once combined, I used my oven’s broiler to melt the cheese to crispy, melty, perfection. (I broiled mine for about 5-7 minutes.)
This is a simple way to use up veggies that are laying around or overripe. (You could also add onions, peppers, or peas.)
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