Oven Roasted Pasta Primavera

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One of the things I actually get paid to do, is to teach people how to utilize fresh, simple ingredients, for one great meal.  Just have a few fresh ingredients in your refrigerator that you just don’t know what to do with?   Oven Roasted, Pasta Primavera is the perfect solution. You can even make this on the grill.    I learned this from my Mother.   It’s only fitting that I do this at my Mom’s house.  
The weather in New York is dreadful. It’s been 24 hours since my arrival and we are all craving Springtime.  I can’t remember when it’s been this cold. 
Here is a dish that will help remind you of Springtime in a hurry.  Close your eyes and it will feel like the sun is shining, even on a dismal day.  
Oven Roasted Pasta Primavera
1 Medium red onion 
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 Roma tomatoes
2 medium zucchini’s
3 cloves of garlic
3 large basil leaves  plus more for plating
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
One teaspoon of pepper
One baking dish large enough to accommodate your ingredients. I like to use a non stick baking sheet, that I believe everyone should invest in.  It’s a very versitile piece of kitchen equipment that everyone needs.

 One large bowl and wooden spoon.
Optional Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese to sprinkle on the plates
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F Bake

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Method:  Place your water on to boil for your Pasta.   Choose a pasta like Penne or Rigatoni.  You want something that will catch these delicious ingredients.   Cut up your ingredients into small pieces and place in a bowl.  Add olive oil, salt, pepper and toss.  Place on a baking sheet.  Cook for 50 minutes at 400 degrees until all of your ingredients get soft and fragrant.  Toss with your favorite pasta, sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Serve.  Buon Appetito!

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