One way to get some veggies in the meal is a pasta bake. My kids LOVE pasta! (And so do I!) And I also love a prep-ahead meal! With three small kids, afternoons can sometimes get, well, "hairy." I love making a meal during morning naptime and. That way, when dinner time rolls around, all I have to do is pop it in the oven! Add a little salad and some bread and you've got yourself a feast!
Sausage And Veggie Bake
1 (16oz) box penne, cooked to al dente
1 (24oz) jar pasta sauce (I love Ragu's Mushroom & Green Pepper Pasta Sauce)
1 (14oz) package of smoked sausage, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, chopped or diced
1 yellow squash, chopped or diced
8oz Italian blend cheese
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2.) Cook pasta to "al dente." (Since it goes in the oven afterward, I always undercook a bit. For example, if the directions say to boil for 10-12 minutes, I do 10 minutes.)
3.) Drain pasta and pour in a large bowl/
4.) Sautee onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and squash for 3-5 minutes and then add to pasta.
5.) Cook sausage for 5-7 minutes over Medium heat (until browned). Drain and add to pasta.