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Cheesy Vegetable Pasta being served in a plate with some good luck bread.

Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake

Cheesy Vegetable Pasta bake is a complete one pot meal loaded with Vegetables and bursting with flavours of fresh basil, oregano and oozing and hot cheese.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Mushroom, Pasta, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Zucchini
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups of Pasta
  • 1.5 ltr or enough water for cooking pasta
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Pasta Sauce
  • 2 Cups of Vegetables of your choice (I used Cauliflower, Zucchini, Mushroom, Capsicum, Carrot)
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 8-9 Fresh Basil leaves torn into pieces (1/2 tsp Dried Basil)
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano (or few leaves of fresh Oregano torn)
  • 1 tsp Freshly grounded Black Pepper (as per taste)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic grated or chopped
  • 1/2 Inch ginger grated or chopped

Instructions

  • Boil the pasta as per the package instructions in enough water. Do cook the pasta a bit less. If the pack says 10 mins, cook it for 7 mins.
  • Once done drain and keep aside.
  • In the meantime, In a wok, add in the Olive Oil.
  • Once hot, add the Onion, garlic and ginger. Saute on medium high for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once it starts to go a bit translucent, add the vegetables in the order of cooking time. i.e. the vegetables that take longer to cook will be the first to go.
  • So for me it was Cauliflower, Carrots and then Zucchini. After 2-3 minutes, I added Mushroom and peppers.
  • Add in 1 Cup of tomato sauce, basil, oregano, black pepper, salt and give everything a quick mix. Let it cook for 3-4 mins.
  • Add in the pasta and the 1/4 Cup cheddar cheese.
  • Mix everything and let it cook again for 3-4 mins.
  • In a wide baking dish, add in the remaining 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and spread it uniformly.
  • Add in the pasta and vegetable mixture.
  • Bake this in a preheated oven at 180 Deg C for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese and grated mozarella on top.
  • Bake it again for 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is done.
  • For the last 2-3 minutes I broil it so that the top gets a lovely golden colour.
  • Serve it hot with some bread. I served this with Four Leaf Clover Good Luck Rolls.
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