Baked Veggie Pasta

24 Apr

Ever since I saw Giada making this on Food network, I have been meaning to try this. This is a dish that can make a super elegant presence on your dinner table when you have guests or for a simple weekday dinner.

Baked pasta

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Melange a trois (3 bell peppers)
1 cup of broccoli florets
1 summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 onion, sliced
2 tbsp EVOO
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 tbsp dried Italian herb mix
1 pound whole-wheat pasta (penne or any other tubular pasta)
3 cups Marinara sauce
1/4 cup of cubed mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp butter

For the toping
1/4 cup of bread crumbs mixed with Italian herb
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Roast the veggies – peppers, broccoli, squash, and onions with olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs in the oven for about 15 minutes.

In parallel, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water for half the usual cooking time (about 6 minutes). You don’t want to cook the pasta completely as the pasta will get cooked during the baking.

Toss the drained pasta with marinara sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese so that the pasta is coated well with the sauce.

Grease a baking dish with butter (or cooking spray). Layer the roasted veggies and then the pasta. Top off with the bread crumb and cheese mixture and then the mozzarella cheese. Bake till the cheese melts and forms a golden brown layer on top.


Posted by on April 24, 2008 in Cooking, Italian


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13 responses to “Baked Veggie Pasta

  1. Laksh

    April 24, 2008 at 3:46 AM

    Wow! That looks amazing! ^:)^

    Thanks Laksh! – A-kay

  2. ranji

    April 24, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    hi akay!!!i too posted this same recipe 4-5 days back.:)..chk mine in this link

    Touche! Looks lovely – I love this dish and is a staple in our house. – A-kay

  3. sagari

    April 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    delecious pasta

  4. Raaga

    April 24, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    looks lovely

    Thanks! – A-kay

  5. Roop Rai

    April 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    my goodness lady!!! always make me hungry.

  6. Roop Rai

    April 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    this is my lazy food btw!! I make this pasta every time I am not in the mood of wasting precious time in kitchen ;). I usually add chicken to it too although my Italian friends would kill me for it. Chicken and pasta do not go together, they say. Bah, I retort back. hehe It tastes darn well.

    And mozzarella rocks! I tried jalapeno cheddar too once mixed with mozza of course. Turned out fab!! but I like anything with jalapenos hehe. ah i should go eat. 🙂

    Also. this is a fabulous way to clean out the veggies in the fridge 🙂 Chicken in pasta – interesting. Being vegetarian, never thought of that and didn’t know they don’t go very well together. Yeah I love mozzarella (any cheese for that matter 🙂 ), but the gooey melted mozzarella rocks in baked pasta or paninis. Jalapeno Cheddar sounds tempting too, but K will not eat any cheese except Mr.M – so don’t have much of a choice there! – A-kay

  7. Jat

    April 25, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    This looks great too! I’m going to have to try this!


  8. rachel

    April 25, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Forgive my ignorance but what is EVOO 😦

    Made popular by your more famous namesake, it is Extra Virgin Olive Oil 🙂 – A-kay

  9. Sig

    April 26, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    That is a fab pasta, though I am not a marinara fan, I can try it with other sauces…

    Oh yeah – white sauce comes to mind. – A-kay

  10. Madhuram

    April 28, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Wonderful dish Akay. I would be trying it very soon. As Giada would say often, it’s simple yet elegant.

  11. UL

    April 28, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    now we are talking, welcome to my world…i usually make such simple and easy pieces…

    When did I go out of this world to come back 😛 My weekday dinners are usually like this – simple, easy and healthy. – A-kay

  12. RV

    April 28, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Yummy…delicioso… 😀

  13. Apar

    May 9, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    yummy!!!! 😛 don’t think i would be making it any time now though 😦


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