Ummmm. So what does it mean when pasta is your detox meal?

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Okay. It’s not really my detox meal per se…  but it’s definitely what I made yesterday afternoon to have a, uh, lighter meal on hand all week. Unfortunately I’m serious.

Pasta and cheese – so super light! But it’s getting me to eat vegetables so that counts. Whatever.

I cannot even begin to describe the indulgence that happened this weekend for my husband’s birthday. It is actually shocking to ME. It was sort of like three full days (but also a few days before that, oops) of celebrations and cakecakecake. And more cake. It.was.perfect.

Even if I felt like I never needed to eat again about four different times.

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This recipe started as a clean-out-the-fridge, garbage bowl pasta type of meal. We had lots of vegetables that were on their last leg (not exactly uncommon around here, but more so this week since we ate out a lot) and tons of cheese – also not uncommon. In fact, it was the smoked gouda that got me all hyped.

For the last two months or so, not only have we been living on tomatoes and corn but along with that we’ve been making some ridiculous cheese boards. I mean – ridiculous. We throw about five different cheeses out there with three or four of our favorite american spoon spreads, a little fruit, some whole grain baguettes, some mustard, some honey and a few slices of prosciutto or something of the sort. Then we pour some wine and just go nuts.

This is a pretty huge thing because back when we started dating, Eddie claimed that he “didn’t like cheese.” Uh – what? That pretty much made zero sense to me considering I lived on cheese. There was no love lost on microwaved cheese quesadillas after school. I often sliced some creamy havarti for a little snack. To this day, my mom still has some cheese and crackers for lunch because she eats minimally throughout the day until dinnertime. Not liking cheese? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN.

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I do remember opening up his bachelor fridge and it was a sad, sad sight. I think he had eggs and ketchup? However, within a few months, he had a cheese drawer. Like a stuffed-to-the-brim cheese drawer. And it really hasn’t stopped since. I mean, occasionally he’ll be like “omg, I need to stop eating so much cheese!” but I usually squash that within a few days. He has actually been the cheese board protagonist, especially after discovering his infatuation with triple berry conserve (so freaking good) and merlot soaked parm. I can’t even take it.

So yeah. That’s how this came about. This dish is so simple but packed with tons of flavor and makes an extremely generous portion. Last night he packed up his lunches with a big old helping of this since you know, it’s healthy. I just sat there with a fork and picked some pieces out of the giant baking dish.

Because I am a child.

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Honey Roasted Vegetable + Smoked Gouda Baked Penne

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 pound brussel sprouts, stems removed and sliced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 pound whole wheat penne, cooked
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
8 ounces smoked gouda cheese, freshly grated
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese for topping

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the chopped peppers, sweet potato, broccoli, onion, brussels, mushrooms and garlic cloves on a nonstick baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with the olive oil and honey. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper (I do try to avoid directly covering the mushrooms with salt before cooking, but they will inevitably get a bit) and then give them a thorough toss. Roast the veggies for 25 to 30 minutes, tossing them once halfway through. I cook the penne while the veggies are roasting.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Add the penne and half of the veggies, then spoon half of the diced tomatoes over top. Add half of the grated cheese, then layer again with the remaining penne, veggies, diced tomatoes and cheese. Finish the top off with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs. Bake the pasta for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly on top. Serve with extra cheese for grating on top.

This stays great in the fridge for 4 to 5 days - it's an awesome make ahead meal.

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90 Responses to “Honey Roasted Vegetable + Smoked Gouda Baked Penne.”

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — September 23, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    My kinda detox!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 23, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    my go to detox meal includes meat, so no problems with just veggies and pasta. This consider healthy by my standards! Anything for a pasta bake, even if it is in the name of “detoxing”

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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — September 23, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    You do what you gotta do to get those veggies in. Sacrifice.

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    Kim in Md — September 23, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Detox food? Yes, please! Tis looks so delicious!

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    Meg Jones | The Spatularettes — September 23, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    The Bachelor Fridge is the ultimate paradox in life. I’m like: I know you like food. I know you like to eat GOOD food. So why do you have nothing but cold cuts, beer, and ranch dressing in your refrigerator? Maybe the second half of a $5 footlong from Subway, or some leftover mac n cheese that I gave you… on a good day. Such a mystery! LOVE that picture of the raw veggies btw!

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    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      omg. THIS.

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    • Courtney — September 23rd, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      Hahaha yes. Except with my boyfriend it was hot dogs, beer, and Italian dressing. What is with the salad dressing?!

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    Tieghan — September 23, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Want it!! Honey roasted veggies, pasta and gouda! So my kind of detox food! :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 23, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Don’t hate me, but I don’t really like cheese!! I know i know, craziness. Buuuut.. I do love veggies, so I could probably still find room in my belly for a bowl of this!

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    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      i knoooow… but you make vegetables look pretty so i can forgive you.

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — September 23, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    Sounds delicious! Can’t go wrong with Gouda :)

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    Courtney — September 23, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Smoked Gouda baked penne? That might be worth eating some vegetables!

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    Brittany — September 23, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    This looks delicious! Happy belated b-day to the hubs. :)

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    Nicole @ Just Live It — September 23, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    This looks AMAZING! I just pinned the recipe and hope to make it soon!! :) Thanks for sharing.

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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — September 23, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    healthy & delicious! you can’t go wrong when you add smoked gouda!

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    Sarah M. — September 23, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    You just made me want to eat brussel sprouts. That’s a feat! I’m making this before the week’s out.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — September 23, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    yumm thank you for getting on the smoked gouda bandwagon!!!

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — September 23, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Our cheese drawer is always full of cheese and we eat it all! I love smoked gouda with roasted or grilled veggies, so yummy!

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    Emily aka The Three Bite Rule — September 23, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Ooo these honey roasted veggies sound amazing with smoked gouda! great idea!

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    Alanna S — September 23, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Boooo, smoked gouda gives me migraines. Smoked anything really.
    Any substitution suggestions?

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    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 9:59 am

      yikes, really! that is such a bummer – but you can totally just use regular old gouda. :)

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    Melanie @ carmelmoments.com — September 23, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Lighter meal? That’s totally what I need after a week of overindulging. Looks so good! I’ve recently fallen for Gouda. MMM…

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    Kelly Jo — September 23, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    This looks like the perfect way to get my veggies in for the week. And such a cozy recipe to kick-off the start of fall :)

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    Happy Valley Chow — September 23, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    This recipe looks absolutely incredible, sooo many fantastic flavors. And did I mention that smoked Gouda is like my favorite cheese ever?? I need to try this!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Lauren — September 23, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I don’t care what anyone says but this is a pretty healthy dish. I can’t say it isn’t with all of those veggies! (Who counts cheese, anyway?)

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — September 23, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    yes to all of this. and yes to cheese.

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    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — September 23, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I love the addition of honey! This looks so comforting. Smoked gouda is my go-to cheese lately. Have you had smoked fresh mozzarella? It was on sale at Whole Foods a few weeks ago and I FREAKED out. So good.

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    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      yes! LOVE IT.

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    Candace @The Wheatless Kitchen — September 23, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Ha! Cheesus. I could get on the bandwagon with his kind of detox!!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien — September 23, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    CHEESUS this looks freaking amazing. SO much yum going onl!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 23, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    This looks wonderful – especially love all the bright veggies!!! And the cheese…can’t forget how much I love the cheese!

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    Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac — September 23, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Ah the bachelor fridge. Before my boyfriend moved in with me, his fridge contained sliced cheddar cheese, bagels, and Frank’s hot sauce.

    Love this recipe!

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    Kate woods — September 23, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Hey! Can y

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    Kate woods — September 23, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Alright, lets try this again! Can you make some cheese board recommendations? I always have Brie and some kind of berry preserves but I want to branch out! Thank you!

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    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

      i actually have a huge cheese board spread going in my cookbook, but for some quick tips i like doing a firmer cheese (like cheddar), a goat (like humboldt fog) and a blue, then different breads/crackers/pretzels, any kinds of jams including sweet and savory ones or fruit butters, grapes, olives, nuts, honey, mustards, pickles, etc!

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    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

      oh and some sliced meats!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — September 23, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen this many veggies on your site at once. Drown them in cheese!! Awesome!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 23, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    I want the honey roasted veggies! Mmmm, that sounds so good! I just had some roasted root veggies over the weekend and reminds me I need to get into the habit more. Love your Anthro plate. It’s so versatile. I wish they made it in other colors!

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    Marissa@ohhhsolovely — September 23, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    this looks divine! and anything with gouda in it, is perfect to me!

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    Wassili — September 23, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

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    Larry — September 23, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN GINA! That looks amazing. My eyeballs are devouring that while my stomach growls.

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    Chrissy — September 23, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Who’s Eddie? Where’s Mr. How Sweet? ;)

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    Maria Tadic — September 23, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    This looks awesome! I love dishes like this – and it’s perfect for any veggies on their last legs! Roasting always works! Guess I need to get some smoked gouda!!

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    Abbie @ Needs Salt — September 23, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    This dish is gorgeous! I love all the veggies you threw into this. <3 it's like, parfect.
    Pinning!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 23, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    I’ll take this kind of detox! Looks great!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 23, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    Holy heck!! This looks soooo good. I love smoked Gouda!

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    Molly @ Bakelette — September 23, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    I like how he/you pack luncheSSSSS!
    And cheese platters are where it’s at!
    This is going to sound crazy, but I have tried and it’s really good and I think you might like it based on the description of your elaborate cheese platters. A grilled cheese with cheddar and some fancy strawberry jam. Do it. And it will rock your world.

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — September 23, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Okay…yup, totally drooling over this dish! It looks amazing!

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    Katie — September 23, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    Holy vegegables. I need in on this…I can’t remember the last time I had more than one veggie in my meal.

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    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile — September 23, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    How good does this look! Sooo yum! I’ll be trying it out for sure! I’m also a big fan of throwing all of the leftover vegies into a dish and whipping up something delish! Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — September 23, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    I have recently fallen in love with most anything baked in a casserole dish containing cheese. This in turn leads to a crush on casserole dishes and a desire to purchase and hoard a zillion of them. Sadly Husband just does not understand why a woman could possibly need so many casserole dishes… Sigh. Sometimes they just don’t get it.

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    Becca C — September 23, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    Already made this for dinner tonight. :D Was craving veggies and checked on your blog this morning for your newest recipe. A perfect choice for what I was looking for. Pretty much made it as is – no mushrooms though and changed it to colby jack cheese since I’m not a huge fan of gouda. Absolutely delicious. Wonderful with a side of garlic bread. And it made *a lot* of food. Yay to no cooking for a few days! Thanks!!!

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    Sues — September 23, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    Best. Detox. Ever.

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    Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King — September 23, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    I’m in such awe of your creativity. .This looks SO good. Vegetables make it heathy, right? Right.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 24, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    Ive never tried gouda before — this look so so tempting :D

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    Linda — September 24, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    My college daughter does not have time to cook, so I like to make a bunch of freezer meals for her. This would be awesome, how do you think this would freeze? Thanks!

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    Robyn — September 24, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Think this looks amazing!!!

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