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Odd Enough This cheesy,veggie-packed pasta is the easiest weeknight meal

For those night when you want to cook even though you don't really want to.

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(Photograph by Men's Health)

Nothing satisfies the soul quite like a hearty bowl of noodles.

With this dish, we throw in an array of veggies like broccoli, squash, and zucchini to add some zest and top it all off with some feta cheese to make all the flavors pop.

All you need to do is boil and drain for this ultimate power pasta. No sauce necessary.

For more healthy dishes like this one, check out the Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition.

What You Need:

  • 4 qt water

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame

  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

  • 1 tbsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp red-pepper flakes

  • 2 cups whole-wheat ziti, bow ties, wheels, or penne pasta

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • 2 yellow squash, sliced

  • 2 zucchini, sliced

  • 1/2 cup (3.5 oz) reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled

  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

How To Make It:

  1. In a large pot, combine the water, edamame, oil, oregano, basil, and red-pepper flakes.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta. Cook for 4 minutes.

  3. Add the broccoli, squash, and zucchini. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.

  4. Drain the pasta and vegetables until dripping but not dry. Add the feta and toss until completely mixed. Sprinkle on the Parmesan (if using).

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