Whole Grain Penne with Roasted Zucchini & Red Pepper

One of my favourite meals my mom would often make at large family gatherings was a  pasta dish packed full of vegetables, sausage and shrimp. I can still remember the large white bowl she would serve it out of. I had asked her a little while back why this was her go to recipe, and it was simply because it was easy to prepare for large groups, while still tasting phenomenal. The following pasta recipe is exactly that, an easy to prepare meal that will quickly become a favourite.

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Recipe

Type: Good for the Body

Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4 large portions (pasta only), 6 smaller portions (bread & salad on the side)

Ingredients

3 large (4 small) hot Italian sausages
1 large red pepper
1 large zucchini
1 cup of cremini mushrooms
1/2 red oninion
1 1/2 cups of your favourite pasta sauce
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat penne
1 tbsp of thyme, dried
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°C
  2. Chop zucchini,  red pepper, red onion and mushrooms into large chunks. Mix together in a bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp dried thyme and salt & pepper to taste
  3. Add 3 sausages in a glass pan so they are not touching, and then add the chopped vegetables
  4. Place in oven and cook for approximately 35 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) has been reached
  5. Once sausages are cooked through, remove from oven, let them cool and then cut into 1 cm slices*
  6. Cook your penne pasta according to instructions on box, aiming for an al dente, or firm, texture
  7. Drain pasta and add to sausage and vegetables mixture
  8. Heat pan over medium heat and add above mixture with tomato sauce. Stir over medium heat until heated through
  9. Serve and enjoy

* If wanting to pre-prepare part of this recipe, cook the vegetables and sausage as above and store in refrigerator. I would wait to cook the pasta until right before serving.

 

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– Magical Properties –

Zucchini. A prized vegetable in many gardens, with claims of some as long as 7 feet. This green, yellow, purple or stripped member of the squash family is packed with potassium. Due to it’s mild flavour and high moisture content, it can also be a fabulous addition to your baking.  Zucchini bread & muffins are tasty baked goods that let you sneak in a little vegetable where it’s least expected.

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