Tonight’s Dinner: Pasta & Veggie Casserole

So it has been a long week with some not so good health news from the home front. So in an effort to a) keep myself busy, and b) use up some fresh ingredients to feed my dude while I am away for a few days, I made two dishes tonight.

The first dish was a brunch casserole that takes care of a few days of breakfast in a cinch. This is pretty much your standard brunch frittata with one special twist – heavenly clouds of organic cream cheese cut in 🙂

brunch fritata

With breakfast taken care of, I also made the pasta and veggie casserole with the full intention of serving it as leftovers for a couple of days. We are a leftover house!

Here is the recipe:

oil for sauteing
1 cup sliced carrots –  I used rainbow
1 cup sliced onion
1 cup sliced zucchini
1 cup sliced mushrooms – I used baby bellas
1 cup broccoli florets  – I used frozen
16 oz Muenster cheese slices, halved – I used a mix of smoked Gouda & chemical-free white cheddar
2 cups cooked ziti – I used Sfoglini Hemp Radiators
1 tsp fresh basil
1 tsp flat leaf parsley
dash of pepper
1 large can stewed tomatoes

*A note on the Hemp Radiators: I shun regular white pasta ’cause well, it’s shit.  It is full of chemicals, stripped of natural nutrients, and then “enriched” with synthetic vitamins. I am always on the lookout for what my local health food store has to offer. And these little guys are delish!

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet; add carrots and cook, stirring until tender
  3. Add onion, zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli, stir and cook until tender
  4. Remove from heat; stir in tomatoes, 1/2 the cheese, cooked pasta, basil, parsley, and pepper – I also added a couple of dashes of red pepper flakes because I put them on EVERYTHING!
  5. Put the mixture in a 2-quart casserole dish and top with remaining cheese, bake until cheese is melted about 20-30 minutes

The smoked gouda doesn’t melt as well as other cheese, but hey, it’s gouda. It’s a chance I am willing to take 🙂 All I know is that my man was making moaning noises from across the table! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

By the way, tonight’s wine selection was a beautiful dry sparkling rose – at $10 it is one of my favs!

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Cheers,

Brandi

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