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Two Peas and Their Pod: Baked Vegetable Pasta

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baked Vegetable Pasta

Last week I mentioned that pasta is a great "go to" meal for us. Well, last night I threw together a baked pasta dish and it was terrific! Baked pastas are so easy, but can still impress the guests.

Luckily, I had some homemade vegetable pasta sauce in our freezer. So I took that out and boiled up some whole wheat penne pasta. I know some people dislike the whole wheat stuff, but we love it. It doesn't cost much more and the extra fiber and nutritional benefits are so worth it!!

I grated some mozzarella and parmesan and also chopped up some fresh basil. I layered everything in a casserole dish and waited for the bubbling to begin!! We had a scrumptious meal in no time.

Baked Vegetable Pasta

1 box of whole wheat penne pasta
Homemade vegetable pasta sauce or your favorite sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

4 ounces shredded parmesan cheese

Chopped fresh basil

In a large pot bring water to boil. Add in salt and boil the penne pasta. You don't want to cook it all of the way because it will finish cooking in the oven. I did mine for about 7 minutes.
When the pasta is done, mix it with your sauce of choice in the pot.
Add half of the pasta to a casserole dish. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Add the rest of the pasta/sauce and then finish it off with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle with fresh basil.

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes...or until the pasta is bubbling!!

Let cool for 5 minutes, then serve.

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Blogger CECIL said...

Always loved bubbly topping!! And of course, bubbly cheese topping is all better.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Bubbly cheese is so comforting. Great dish and you're right pasta is a fantastic "go to" meal.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Everything is better with cheese on top!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

This looks so delicious! Perfect with a nice piece of french bread!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

That pasta looks wonderful! I agree about the whole wheat pasta- totally worth it.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Carmen Cooks said...

Yum, I love baked pastas too! I make them at least twice a month and love to try different variations - this one looks great! They're also perfect for wintertime coming up. :)

8:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I absolutely love it when I have homemade pasta or pizza sauce in the freezer. Nothing compares. This pasta dish looks so tasty. What a great meal!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

This looks totally delicious. Nobody can work in the veggies like you two can! I know that this one will be a big hit in our house!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Audrey said...

For some reason, after living in the same place for about 12 years, I moved (let's see) three times in 2 years. Ziti with sauce and cheese became my standard finally-unpacked-enough-to-cook meal...and I love your vegetable sauce! This looks great.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Yum! I love pasta. I love it even more when I'm 6 months pregnant! I sent you an award and a meme today...

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That looks wonderful! Yum yum yum!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Looks beautiful! And I love the whole wheat pasta too. It should make people feel less guilty about eating pasta which I always thought was good for us anyway. But the fiber and protein are such added bonuses.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

This looks lovely and that cheese topping makes it irresistable.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Looks yummy! I thought I saw zucchini in there! I checked out your sauce recipe and there it was! Awesome!!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love using whole wheat pasta too! Your bake looks good!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Any Little Reason said...

Wow - this looks incredible! My husband loves baked pasta - I'll have to try this version!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

That looks so delicious - I love the cheesiness...perfect!

1:20 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Anything covered in melted cheese is my favorite food.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Usha said...

Looks absolutely delicious...I use whole wheat pasta all the time these days and love it too :-)

2:19 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Sounds like a healthy and delicious meal!

3:05 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

I get the crusty cheesy corner, ok? This looks fantastic and so warming right about now. Delicious!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I love baked pasta! This is just gorgeous! I never use fresh herbs, I need to get into it!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Your pasta looks delicious, I loved baked dishes like this when the weather is cool.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

oh my, it does look lovely... and you made it so healthy too... :)

10:32 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Simple and delicious. You can't get better than baked and bubbly cheese.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love whole wheat pasta too! I don't see how you can't like it. More flavor, right?
Looks great!

1:33 AM  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

Anything that recommends baking until bubbly is totally worth it - looks great!


5:15 AM  
Blogger grace said...

pretty colors and melted cheese--that's a pretty fierce combination. :)
looks great. and happy halloween. :)

5:39 AM  
Blogger Deepthi Shankar said...

that looks absolutely delicious ..

5:55 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

That is a seriously delicious 'go-to' dish! It's bubbly and golden all over, which is just the way baked pasta should be :) Beautiful work Maria.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

This sounds so easy and delicious I love it!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

This looks perfect!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

It's like a baked ziti without the ricotta!
This is a great Sunday dinner!

5:55 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I love baked pasta dishes! And I actually like the whole wheat pasta - except for the lasagna noodles. :)

6:48 AM  
Blogger emily said...

I don't know what it is, but baked pastas are some of my favorites. SO comforting!

1:39 PM  

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