This Italian dish is another way of having the Penne pasta. The top layer of the pasta is very crispy and second layer is very juicy and delicious. I liked the combined texture,with cheese in it, it gives a treat to the taste buds.
1) Penne pasta - 1 box
2) Marinara sauce (tomato basil) - 1 bottle or 3 1/2 cups
3) Mozzarella cheese - 2 tblsp grated and 1/2 cup cut into cubes
a) Green bell pepper - 1 chopped into big pieces
b) Onion - 1 chopped into big pieces
c) Sliced black olives - 1 small can or 1/2 cup
d) Mushrooms - 1 cup chopped into big pieces.
(You can add any other vegetables you want, I thought the above vegetables gave exact taste and texture I wanted.)
5) Black pepper powder- 2 tblsp
6) Olive oil - 2 tblsp
7) Garlic - 1 pod finely chopped
8) Tomato Ketchup - 2 tblsp
9) Salt to taste
10 ) Italian seasonings - 2 tsp
11) Grated Parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup
Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the box. Drain the pasta and keep aside.
Meanwhile, in a frying pan, saute all the vegetables along with garlic in olive oil . Add salt and pepper.Then add tomato ketchup and fry for 10 to 12 mins or till all the vegetables become tender. Add the Italian seasonings.
Pre-heat the oven at 375 degrees.
In a big bowl, mix the cooked pasta,vegetables, marinara sauce and both the cheeses (use half of the Parmesan cheese now).
In a baking dish (I used 8X8 dish) transfer all the ingredients from the bowl to the dish , garnish with the remaining Parmesan cheese and bake for 25 mins at 375 degrees.
Hot Penne pasta ready!!!! Serve it immediately. Enjoy :)