Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

We recently returned from our annual reunion with Graham’s side of the family, and once again we were on call for cooking one of the dinners of the week – for 25 people!  Graham’s sister Ashley and her fiancé Brian were on duty as well, and we wanted to make something that matched the delicious dinners that other family members had already cooked during the week.  Two years ago we had made some awesome lasagna and the year before that we had a pasta medley, so we decided to continue the Italian theme this year.

I found a great baked penne and roasted vegetable recipe online, and with a few tweaks it turned out to be fantastic.  There was a good amount of vegetable chopping and cheese grating required for 25 people, but between the four of us we were able to get it done with only a few sore muscles.  The roasted vegetables included squash, red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini, and they blended right into the penne.  The distinctive taste, however, came from the variety of cheeses in the recipe – parmesan, fontina, and smoked mozzarella!  Delicious!  Complemented by a big salad and garlic bread, everyone seemed to enjoy this fun and tasty dish.  Try it out and let us know what you think!

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

I think we ended up quadrupling this recipe, but we weren’t super precise in measuring out the ingredients, so it is probably best to send you back to the original source for the recipe.  We used a good store bought tomato sauce, and omitted the butter and peas from the recipe.  I would also recommend adding more mushrooms than the recipe calls for.

Tasty Easy Healthy Green Recipe Ratings:

Recipe Report Card Notes About Recipe Ratings

Tasty Rating


Five Chefs (Gourmet Fare!)

Overall the flavors in this dish were fantastic, but I think the smoked mozzarella really makes the dish.

Easy Rating


Three Easy Chairs (Average Difficulty)

Making this dish for 25 people was a little bit of challenge—although having 3 assistants really helped! Making it for fewer people would be much easier, and you can probably chop and roast the veggies ahead of time.

Healthy Rating


Three Apples (Average Nutritional Quality)

While it did have a lot of veggies, it also had a lot of cheese. You could try using a whole wheat penne pasta, but try not to skimp on the smoked mozzarella.

Green Rating


Two Leaves (Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides Rock)

Some of the produce was local or organic, but the majority of the ingredients were not.
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