Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Penne Yearned

This is a recipe from our friend Shannon. It is a delicious pasta meal that we love. It is a great meal to make if you have company as it makes a 15x10 inch lasagna pan full. -Kristin

10 oz. fresh spinach
1 c. onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 c. zucchini, chopped
2 c. mushrooms
1/4 c. and 1 T. flour
2 c. milk
28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 1/2 t. oregano
1 1/2 t. basil
1 1/4 t. salt
3/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
18 oz. (6 cups) Penne pasta, uncooked
3 c. cooked, chopped chicken
1 1/2 c. shredded Parmesan

  • Cook pasta in salt water until slightly underdone. Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • Blanch spinach in boiling water for one minute. Drain and squeeze out any extra liquid. Chop the spinach and set aside.
  • Saute the onions, garlic, zucchini and mushrooms in some olive oil until tender.
  • Add the milk and flour. Mix well until smooth. Cook for 6-8 minutes until sauce is bubbly and thickened.
  • Stir in tomatoes, spinach and seasonings. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove sauce from heat.
  • In a large bowl mix the pasta and the veggie mixture all together.
  • Pour half of the noodle mixture into a 15x10 inch lasagna pan.
  • Top with half of the shredded Parmesan.
  • Then pour on the rest of the pasta and top with remaining Parmesan.
  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

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