Our family loves a hearty meal, especially when working hard on the farm. This Hearty Vegetable Pasta Bake recipe is full of flavor from the vegetables, sun dried tomatoes and cheese. We make it on Fridays during Lent since it’s meat free. It would be great with chicken other times of the year.
We have young children who love pasta, so we’ve eaten a lot of macaroni. We enjoy trying some fancier pasta in a dish like this. This Hearty Vegetable Pasta Bake tastes and feels like a meal we would get at a nice Italian restaurant, but it’s easy enough to make at home and helps keep our budget on track.
I also love that there are so many vegetables in the dish, but the kids never complained about them because they mixed in so nicely with the sauce and cheese. I made sure to dice the onions and peppers well so that they would blend in well.
My husband was surprised the recipe didn’t have meat. The sun dried tomatoes really give the pasta bake a hearty flavor that is wonderful.
We are glad to have such a large dish because we pack extras for lunch and we freeze a few individual lunches or bigger portions for future family meals.
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Hearty Vegetable Pasta Bake
This Hearty Vegetable Pasta Bake recipe is full of flavor from the vegetables, sun dried tomatoes and cheese. This is a great recipe for Lent.
- 1 pound cellentani pasta
- 2 T oil from sun dried tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes julienned
- 3/4 cup onion chopped
- 1 yellow chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 24 ounces mild pasta sauce
- 12 ounces sliced gouda cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare pasta according to package instructions and leave in strainer with a pat of butter if desired.
Heat oil in the pan the pasta was prepared in. Add tomatoes, onions, pepper and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until the onions and peppers are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add tomato sauce to pan and stir until the sauce boils. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add spinach and stir until it wilts. Add pasta and stir well.
Layer half of pasta mixture in dish. Add half of sliced cheese on top of pasta. Place remaining pasta in the dish and cover with remaining slices of cheese.
Bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese melts.