Baked Penne Pasta with Summer Vegetables

This baked pasta is a nice change from the usual pasta and red sauce. It’s loaded with colorful veggies and gooey mozzarella cheese. Serve with a green salad and you could have dinner for 4-6 people for around $12.

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Anyway, on to the recipe!

Baked Penne Pasta with Summer Vegetables


1 box (16 oz.) penne pasta

1 TBSP olive oil

2 cups chopped yellow onion

1 medium zucchini, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

2 TBSP chopped fresh thyme

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

8 oz package shredded mozzarella cheese

vegetarian cheesy baked penne pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; cook 3 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper to pan; cook 3 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini to pan; cook 2 minutes or until beginning to soften.
  5. Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Sauté 1 minute.
  6. Combine pasta, onion mixture, tomatoes and 1/2 the cheese in a medium bowl. Add pasta mixture to 7” x 11” baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned.

2 thoughts on “Baked Penne Pasta with Summer Vegetables

  1. Hi Kerry,
    I made the baked pasta with vegetables and it was fantastic!! I added a little more cheese to mine.
    I am sure it will be in my frequently used recipes from now on.
    Thanks for sharing.


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