Penne Pasta with Roast Vegetables and Lemon

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 servings

Chop and roast the vegetables and toss with some leftover pasta; dinner is done.

You can cook the pasta up to three days before assembling this dish. Cook the pasta al dente according to directions, rinse in cold water and store in a large plastic bag after spraying it lightly with olive oil so it doesn't stick together. Use jarred minced garlic if you wish. You can use the tubes of pureed basil if you want to save time.

Ingredients

1 pound whole wheat penne
1 medium eggplant, unpeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium zucchini sliced into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
1/4 cup reduced-fat feta cheese
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Cook the penne according to package directions in boiling salted water. Drain it but do not rinse it.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the vegetables, olive oil, garlic and Italian herbs. Spread the vegetables out on a baking pan with sides and roast 30 minutes until golden and tender.
  3. Combine with the warm cooked pasta, feta cheese, basil leaves, lemon juice and mix well.

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