8 ounces (2 1/3 cups) uncooked dried penne pasta
1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
2 medium (4 cups) zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices, halved*
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves**
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
Melt butter in 12-inch deep skillet until sizzling; stir in onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 7-9 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add zucchini and bell peppers. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 7-9 minutes or until vegetables are crisply tender.
Stir in cooked pasta, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and basil. Continue cooking 3-4 minutes or until tomatoes are heated through. Top with provolone cheese. Cover; let stand 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
*Substitute 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices; cut each slice into eighths.
**Substitute 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves.
This recipe can easily be divided in half for smaller families.