Mr. Food: Penne Primavera

January 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Makes 5 to 6 servings-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic

1/2 cup chopped red onion (about 1/4 onion)

1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 medium carrots)

1 cup broccoli florets, cut in half

1 medium-sized yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach

1 (16-ounce) package penne pasta

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, onion, carrots, broccoli, and yellow pepper for 5 minutes, or until soft.

2. Stir in marinara sauce, salt, crushed red pepper, and spinach; reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain well. Toss pasta with sauce mixture and sprinkle with basil and Parmesan cheese.

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This healthy pasta option is chock-full of fresh taste! What makes it extra special is that it cooks up in less time than it would take to order take-out - and the taste? As they say in Italy, "Molto Bene!"

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