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Penne Pasta with Vegetables



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  • 8 oz penne pasta, dry
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups sliced fresh or canned mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped (may use canned)
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped small
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh lemon rind or juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins


Step 1

1. Cook pasta according to pkg directions
2. Add broccoli for the last 2 minutes of cooking pasta
3. Drain well and transfer to large bowl
4. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, add olive oil, garlic, onion, and mushrooms and saute for about 2 minutes, stirring occassionally
5. Now add sliced zucchini and continue to saute for another 2 minutes, stirring occassionally
6. Add chicken broth, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute
7. Reduce heat to medium, add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently
8. Stir in spinach and lemon rind, cook covered for 2 minutes or until spinach is tender
9. When done, add cooked mixture to pasta/broccoli and toss to coat well
10. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parmesan cheese


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