Penne with Vegetables and Kefir Tomato Sauce

Feed a crowd in a hurry with this healthy, filling, kefir-ized pasta dish! We’ve yet to hear someone complain about our Penne with Vegetables and Kefir Tomato Sauce – we’re sure you’ll love it, too!

Servings: 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lifeway Plain Non Fat Kefir
  • 1 lbs. gluten-free penne pasta
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • ½ large asparagus bunch, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small/medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes + extra for garnish
  • 1 28-ounce can high-quality crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Fresh basil, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Toss the zucchini and asparagus with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Place onto a rimmed baking sheet, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast until tender – about 20 minutes.
  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a medium/large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the diced onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and red pepper and cook for one minute, careful not to burn the garlic. Add the crushed tomatoes and turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes, or until it reaches the thickness you desire. Once desired thickness is reached, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  6. While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to directions for al dente.
  7. Once pasta is cooked, quickly drain and add to the pasta sauce. Stir in kefir, basil and roasted vegetables.
  8. Divide the dish among bowls and top with grated Parmesan cheese, basil and red pepper flakes to taste.
  9. Enjoy with a fresh salad and crusty French bread covered in Farmer Cheese for a vitamin and probiotic-rich meal that’s as comforting as it is easy to make. That’s it; it’s super simple! What do you think, will you give it a try? Let us know how you like it and if you customize it (we bet our Greek Style kefir would make the sauce extra creamy and indulgent).

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