Penne with Hidden Vegetables

I try to sneak veggies into food whenever possible!  My family loves pasta, so I add chopped up veggies to sauce!  They never even know they are there!

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Start by chopping up some vegetables. I used a red and yellow bell pepper (any color will do), a zucchini, a red onion, 5 cloves of garlic.

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Add some extra virgin olive oil to a pan.  About 1 tablespoon.  Add in the chopped onions and grate in the garlic.  Add the rest of the vegetables and give it a stir.


Stir in the spaghetti sauce.  I like to use this brand from Hunts.  Its cheap and does the job.  I also add in a can of diced tomatoes, juice and all.


Yum!  Let this simmer for about 20 minutes.  While the sauce is simmering cook off the pasta.


I use this whole grain kind from Barilla.  Once the pasta is cooked, stir into the sauce.


Soooo good and lots of hidden vegetables!


I will let you in on little secret.  I like to eat cottage cheese with any pasta dish with red sauce.  It makes it almost taste like lasagna!  Don’t knock it until you try it!

Penne with Hidden Vegetables
Penne with Hidden Vegetables
  • 1 box of whole grain penne
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar or can of pasta sauce
  • 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  1. Add extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.  Add in the onion, grate in the garlic, and then add the zucchini and bell peppers.  Cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Dump in the pasta sauce and canned tomatoes. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. While sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to the directions.
  4. Add cooked pasta to the sauce and give it a stir.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Eat!

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