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Summer Penne Pasta Recipe

Summer Penne Pasta

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"This is an excellent recipe by itself but can easily be personalized. Try different combinations of vegetables or experiment with different pasta shapes."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings


  1. In a large pot cook penne pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta, leaving it slightly wet.
  2. While pasta is cooking, wash the bell peppers and cut them into 1/4 inch strips. In a large skillet over medium heat place 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the pepper until soft. Do not allow peppers to brown.
  3. To the skillet, add the sliced zucchini and yellow squash and saute for 2 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic and saute an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the chopped tomatoes and remove from heat.
  4. Dish pasta portions onto warmed plated. Add sauce to top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 26, 2005

Great recipe. We used shell pasta, and instead of plain tomatoes we added canned, diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, oil, and vinegar. The tomatoes acted as the sauce, and added lots of flavor to the dish.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 29, 2007

As the others, I found this to be a little lacking in flavor. It needs something to tie things together so that it does not just taste like pasta with vegetables. My reccomendation: add some itailian sausage, a quart of chicken stock and cook the pasta in the skillet. Then throw some parmesan on top before serving.


27 Ratings

Jan 11, 2008

I took some advice from the last reviewer and made some modifications. I took ground mild italian sausage and made mini meat balls with them, ground them, and set them aside while I did the veggies. I added about a 1/2 cup of white wine with the veggies, lots of salt, some oregano, parsley, and basil, and used a can of italian stewed tomatoes (drained) instead of fresh. Topped it off with shreded parmesean and it was a hit! My husband and our dinner guests loved it. I'll definately make it again.

Oct 10, 2002

This recipe is T.S., C.S., and Alla Dems! Off the Hook! Forget about it! Straight up crazy style! Booyakahn!!

Oct 29, 2005

This was good but it needs more seasoning. I am not sure what to add, but it was little bland to me.

Oct 02, 2008

Really good! I added a little tomato paste that I had to use up, and that was just fine. Great way to use up veggies!

Aug 26, 2009

Very good! I did add 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, and 1 tsp italian seasoing. I also added 1/2 cup white wine at the same time as the tomatoes and let it warm just a couple of minutes. Will definitely make this again.

Sep 02, 2010

I added chicken, that I marinated all day, added fresh basil and some oregano and it still lacked flavor. Good base recipe; was just missing something. Thank you for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 264 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 10 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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