Summer vegetable casserole

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Green beans; bias sliced in 2" pieces
1¼ cup Medium bow tie pasta; about 3 ounces
1 medium Yellow summer squash; julienned, (1 1/2 cups)
1 cup Sliced mushrooms
1 medium Onion; chopped
¾ teaspoon Dried basil; crushed
1 teaspoon Dried oregano; crushed
1 tablespoon Margarine or butter
1 tablespoon All purpose flour
¼ teaspoon Salt
⅛ teaspoon Pepper
1 cup Milk
¼ cup Shredded process Swiss cheese
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Few drops bottled hot pepper sauce
3 Plum tomatoes; diagonally sliced, about 1 cup
½ cup Soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese

In a saucepan cook green beans, covered, in 4 cups salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Add pasta. Return to boiling and boil gently 5 minutes more or till vegetables and pasta are tender. Drain. Set aside. Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, cook mushrooms, onion, basil, and oregano in hot margarine till tender. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir till bubbly. Stir in Swiss cheese, mustard, and hot pepper sauce; cook 1 minute more. Gently toss cheese sauce with pasta vegetable mixture.

Add tomatoes; toss gently. Spoon mixture into a 1½ quart casserole. For topping, mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. (You may cover and chill casserole and crumb mixture seperately at this point for up to 2 days.

Sprinkle topping over casserole. Bake in a 400 oven 20-25 minutes or till hot (35 minutes, if chilled).

Recipe by: Better Homes & Garden Farmer's Market Cookbook Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #839 by L979@... on Oct 12, 1997

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