Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Intensity: Moderate
Yield: 6 servings

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  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped (for garnish)


1. Cooking the Pasta:

  1. Boil Water: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook Pasta: Cook the penne pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Sautéing the Vegetables:

  1. Sauté Aromatics: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chopped onion. Sauté until fragrant and translucent, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add Bell Pepper and Zucchini: Add the diced bell pepper and zucchini to the skillet. Cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Incorporate Tomatoes: Stir in the cherry tomatoes and canned diced tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Seasoning: Season the vegetable mixture with dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.

3. Combining Pasta and Sauce:

  1. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet with the vegetable sauce. Toss until the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce.
  2. Optional Cheese: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta, if desired. Stir until the cheese is melted and incorporated into the sauce.

4. Serving:

  1. Garnish and Serve: Garnish the pasta with chopped fresh basil leaves.
  2. Serve Hot: Serve immediately, portioning into bowls.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 7g
    • Saturated Fat: 2g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 54g
    • Dietary Fiber: 6g
    • Sugars: 8g
  • Protein: 11g

Tips for Perfect Can’t Believe How Delicious Pasta:

  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh vegetables for the best flavor and texture.
  • Seasoning: Don’t be afraid to season generously with herbs and spices for a flavorful dish.
  • Cheese Option: For added richness, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta before serving.
  • Garnish: Fresh herbs like basil add a pop of color and freshness to the dish.

Enjoy the delightful flavors of this “Can’t Believe How Delicious” pasta dish as a satisfying and wholesome meal!

By Admin

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