Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake With Roasted Veggies

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You will LOVE this Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake with Roasted Summer Vegetables! It’s a light pasta casserole filled with roasted summer vegetables and layers of a delicious ricotta cheese mixture and then topped with mozzarella. Perfect light summer pasta dinner!

Top view of pasta plate with herbs and silverware and a glass of water next to it.

Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake with Roasted Summer Vegetables

What could be better than a pasta bake? How about a penne pasta bake filled with cheesy goodness and roasted summer vegetables?! This is a serious winner of a pasta casserole!

I am and always have been a casserole lover. Since I have four boys, I need meals that will feed a family of six (two of which are hungry teenagers), that are fast and easy to make and won’t break the bank. Pasta casseroles are one of the very best way to do that!

Plate of pasta with Rao's pasta sauce in the background.

How can you make pasta healthier?

Now, that being said, pasta gets a bad reputation for being fattening and just empty carbs. So how can you make pasta healthier? Here are my favorite ways:

  1. Add in vegetables! I used seasonal roasted summer vegetables in this cheesy pasta bake but you can add any other veggies that you like.
  2. Use whole grain pastas or even the vegetable pastas are great, too. They’re always coming out with new kinds of gluten-free pastas, and even varieties made from garbanzo beans.
  3. Use a great pasta sauce! It can get super overwhelming when you see the rows upon rows of different brands of pasta sauce. My personal favorite is Rao’s Homemade pasta sauce! I literally only buy Rao’s Homemade pasta sauce!

Sheet pan with roasted zuchinni, squash, garlic and onion.

What is the healthiest pasta sauce?

When I started looking at labels on pasta sauce jars, I realized how much sugar and processed ingredients most have in them. Shocking because you don’t necessarily think sugar when you think of tomatoes, right? Rao’s Homemade famous range of sauces contain no tomato blends, paste, water, starches, colors or added sugar.

Ripe Italian tomatoes are steam peeled and mixed with pure olive oil and fresh vegetables before sauces are slow-simmered in small batches. It’s a premium sauce, made with only the finest ingredients. That’s something you can feel good about serving up for your family and friends as you gather around the table for mealtime. 

Cheese pull shot of pasta bake.

Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Let’s talk about this penne pasta bake, shall we? The first step is preparing the roasted summer vegetables. I diced zucchini,…

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