Vegetable Baked Pasta

July 18, 2012mayurisjikoni

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RECIPE:VEGETABLE BAKED PASTA

Vegetable Baked Pasta

Vegetable Baked Pasta loaded with vegetables,is cheesy, creamy and simply irresistible. It is totally comfort food for my family. In fact I prepare Vegetable Baked Pasta every fortnight. The vegetables vary but the sauces remain the same.

What Vegetables To Use For Vegetable Baked Pasta

Usually I use peas, carrot, French Beans and sweet corn. Sometimes, I add zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, sweet pepper, green capsicum, etc. It all depends on what I have at hand. Feel free to add vegetables of your choice. I use fresh vegetables but you can use frozen ones too.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

I prefer making the pasta sauce at home. I use fresh tomatoes. However, you can use either canned or fresh tomatoes. To save time you can use ready made pasta sauce. I tend to find ready made sauces too vinegary.

We prefer pasta that is not too saucy or too dry. You can add the amount of sauce according to your family’s preference.

White Sauce or Fresh Cream

I tend to mix both tomato sauce and white sauce or fresh cream for that added creaminess and also so that the sauce actually ‘sticks’ to the pasta and vegetables.

Type of Cheese

The choice is yours. I generally use a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella and sometimes add parmesan too. It depends on what is available. Whenever I prepare Vegetable Baked Pasta in Montreal, I tend to use marbled Monterey Jack Cheese.

Type of Pasta

Basically, any of your preference. There have been times when I’ve had small quantities of penne, fusilli, shell pasta and spaghetti, which I’ve mixed for Vegetable Baked Pasta or used one type only.

 

Can The Ratio Of Vegetables To Pasta Vary?

It definitely can. To get kids to enjoy more veggies, I sometimes add more vegetables and less pasta. The written recipe is just a rough guideline.

 

Memories

My mum’s version of pasta was a simple Indian flavored on which my siblings and I would call Mum’s Buitoni. Back then only buttony brand macaroni was available in the markets. I learnt how to make Vegetable Baked Pasta from Nunu, my mother in law. And boy what a huge tray we use to bake. Usually baked pasta was not enjoyed just by the family but we would invite family or friends over. Generally, Garlic Bread, Vegetable Baked Pasta, Salad and a dessert was served. Nunu would just use homemade tomato sauce only and sometimes on baking the dish would turn a bit watery. Incidentally, the idea of using both tomato and white sauce or cream came from the pastas served in the Italian Restaurants in Mombasa. The choice usually was tomato, white or pink sauce. Pink Sauce is a mixture of tomato and white sauces.

 

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THE GROUP FOODIES _ REDOING OLD POSTS – VEGETABLE BAKED PASTA

The Group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts, started by Renu helps the members to make an effort to update old posts. I cannot believe that a dish that is prepared at least twice a month if not more in my house, had horrible hazy photos. Every time I made Vegetable Baked Pasta, it did not occur to me to take fresh photos. Well, finally the day came, just a couple of days ago.

Updated on 05/03/2021. First Published on 18/07/2012

Ingredients Required For Vegetable Baked Pasta

  • Pasta  – any of your choice or a mixture.
  • Fresh or Canned Tomato Puree – for the sauce.
  • Fresh or Frozen Mixed Vegetables – any of your choice. Can steam them separately or boil with the pasta.
  • Plain Flour – for the white sauce. Can replace it with wheat flour or oats flour.
  • Milk – for the white sauce.
  • Cheese – any cheese that melts well. I usually use cheddar and mozzarella. Sometimes I add parmesan to the pasta vegetable mixture for added flavour. Locally I prefer using Sirimon Cheese. When in India, I prefer using Nilgiri Cheddar or Kodai Cheese both cheddar and mozzarella. When in UK or Montreal, the choice is endless for some really good cheese.
  • Water – for boiling the pasta and vegetables.
  • Herbs – use any of your choice. Use fresh or dried. When I get fresh oregano, basil I like to use them otherwise its dried mixed herbs.
  • Onion – any onion of your choice, finely chopped for the tomato sauce.
  • Garlic – peeled and chopped or minced for the tomato sauce.
  • Black Pepper – Coarsely ground pepper for the sauces.
  • Salt – for the pasta and sauces.
  • Sugar – a little for the tomato sauce.
  • Nutmeg – for the white sauce.
  • Chilli Flakes – optional , but I like to add some to the tomato sauce.
  • Olive oil – for the sauces and to sauté mushrooms.

Useful Tip:

I always get confused how much pasta is required for each person. The general rule is about 56g or 2 oz.

Dietary Tips:

Suitable for Vegetarians. We get cheese with vegetable rennet which I tend to use.

 

VEGETABLE BAKED PASTA

mayurisjikoni
Vegetable Baked Pasta loaded with vegetables,is cheesy, creamy and simply irresistible. It is totally comfort food for my family. In fact I prepare Vegetable Baked Pasta every fortnight.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

FOR THE PASTA:

  • 3 cups pasta approx 300g
  • 5-6 cups water
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil

FOR THE VEGETABLES:

  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup carrots peeled and diced
  • ½ cup french beans chopped
  • ½ cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced or quartered

FOR THE PASTA TOMATO SAUCE:

  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 1- 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs or a handful of fresh herbs
  • 3 cups fresh tomato puree thick
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red chilli flakes

FOR WHITE SAUCE:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp plain, wheat or oat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder

TOPPING:

  • 2-3 cups cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for the mushrooms

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF PASTA & VEGETABLES:

  • Bring the water to boil in a large deep pan over high or medium heat.
  • When the water begins to boil add salt, oil, pasta and the vegetables except for mushrooms.
  • Cook the pasta and vegetables for about 10 -12 minutes or as specified on the pasta packet.
  • Drain out the cooked pasta vegetable mixture into a colander.

PREPARATION OF PASTA TOMATO SAUCE:

  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes soft and transculent.
  • Add minced garlic, mix for a few seconds.
  • Add tomato puree and the herbs.
  • Cover the pan and allow the sauce to simmer till it becomes thick. This will take about 7-10 minutes.
  • Once the sauce becomes thick, take the pan off the heat.
  • Add salt, sugar and pepper powder. Mix well.

PREPARATION OF WHITE SAUCE:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add flour and stir fry over low heat till the flour turns pinkish.
  • Take the pan off the heat and add milk in a steady stream, mixing all the time.
  • This prevents lumps from forming.
  • Return the pan over medium heat. Keep stirring till the sauce becomes a little thick, much like custard.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg powders and mix well.

FINAL STEP - BAKING

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Heat oil in the deep pan you used for boiling the pasta and vegetables.
  • Add sliced or quartered mushrooms and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat.
  • Add the pasta vegetable mixture.
  • Mix tomato and white sauces well.
  • Add to the pasta mixture and mix well.
  • Spoon the mixture into a big baking tray or small ones.
  • Top with the grated cheese.
  • Bake the pasta for 25- 30 minutes ot until the cheese melts and begins to turn golden in colour.
  • Remove the tray from the oven.
  • Serve Vegetable Baked Pasta with your favourite salad and garlic bread.

Notes

  • Can sauté ½ cup of chopped sweet pepper of your choice with the onions.
  • If you want to serve this dish to guests, you can prepare it ahead. Don't mix the pasta into the sauce till you are ready to bake it.
  • If  kids cannot wait for too long, heat the pasta mixture on the stove top first. Then spoon it into the baking tray. Add cheese and allow it to melt under the grill or broiler for 5-7 minutes.
  • Can add fresh herbs.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
  • Add vegetables of your choice.
  • Steam vegetables instead of boiling.
  • Instead of white sauce use fresh cream.
Keyword Vegetable Baked Pasta, vegetable pasta bake

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19 Comments

  • Archana

    March 14, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    5 stars
    I have been looking at this delicious recipe for vegetable baked pasta for sometime now. Since it showed up on my insta feed. I love the use of white sauce and tomato sauce in the pasta. Just awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much Archana.

  • Super duper kitchen

    March 15, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    5 stars
    Vegetable baked pasta is one of my favourite recipes made frequently at home. I love this pink sauce pasta after I tasted it in a restaurant nearby. Baked pasta with garlic bread is always a wholesome and hearty meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana. We love the paste with pink sauce as its. With garlic bread it definitely is a hearty meal.

  • Hem lata srivastava

    March 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    5 stars
    Cheesy, healthy vegetable baked pasta looks so tempting. Nice preparation and lovely presentation.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • Jolly

    March 17, 2021 at 9:41 am

    5 stars
    Nutritious, delightful, so inviting, and HEALTHY bowl of comfort and YUM loaded with goodness of veggies. Such a delicious treat!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you Jolly.

  • Swati

    March 17, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    5 stars
    Baked pasta is such a comforting dish if we have the sauces ready in refrigerator.my kids love baked pasta and your creamy pasta pics with a beautiful brown crust are tempting me to make it soon for their dinner.. I usually use wheat flour for the white sauce, I like your suggestion to use oats flour too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty, this is one dish in my family that even the elders love.

  • Renu

    March 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    5 stars
    I too tend to add both tomato sauce and white sauce while baking pasta or veg dishes, it adds a nice creamy texture to the dish. I like how versatile it can be and the different veggie options you have given. Though I have never added peas to pasta, but intrigued to try based on your recommendation.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, for the baked version I always add peas, carrots and French beans, other veggies do vary. When I learnt this recipe from my mother in law, she didn’t use white sauce and I found that on baking, the water from the sauce would be released. The white sauce holds everything together and makes the pasta creamy.

    2. Sujata Roy

      March 19, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      5 stars
      I am literally drooling Mayuri. Vegetable baked pasta looks so inviting. I also love baked pasta mixed with tomato and white sauce. Your baked pasta sounds cheesey healthy and absolutely delicious. Loved the golden brown colour. Also loved your click. Pictures are tempting me to try it soon.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        March 19, 2021 at 5:24 pm

        Thank you so much Sujata, vegetable baked pasta is a family favorite.

  • Preethicuisine

    March 18, 2021 at 8:07 am

    5 stars
    Beaked vegetable pasta looks so rich and tempting. What a wonderful way to enjoy this veggies and cheese loaded baked pasta. I am sure my boys would love to have this. Bookmarking your recipe. Loved reading every bit of your write up.

    1. Preethicuisine

      March 18, 2021 at 8:08 am

      *Baked

    2. mayurisjikoni

      March 18, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. Enjoy vegetable baked pasta when you make it for your boys.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    March 24, 2021 at 6:57 am

    5 stars
    Baked vegetable pasta is a delightful treat any day. I never tried making one with both white and red sauce. Your gorgeous pics are tempting me to give your version s try soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, with both sauces it tastes good and turns out creamy too.

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