Not the best photo, but trust me, it's excellent !!
½ cup onion chopped
½ cup celery chopped
1 cup chopped carrot
½ cup chopped red pepper
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups diced zucchini
1 cup black beans
1 clove garlic minced
(1) 12 ounce can tomato paste
5 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon dry sweet basil1 teaspoon fennel seed (don't leave out)
scant ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes2 teaspoons brown sugar2 cups small pasta cooked
ricotta cheese2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese (grated)
2 tablespoon butter
To assemble this dish, pour half of the veggie mixture into a greased baking dish and top with small dollops of ricotta cheese (randomly over the mixture...but not a solid layer). Top with the other half of the veggie mixture and cover with shredded Monterrey Jack cheese. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
NOTE: You can use any combination of veggies that your family likes in this dish.
NOTE: Any small pasta will work, just make sure that when it is cooked, it is bite size or the same size as the chopped veggies.