Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta

3.15 from 20 votes

Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta - this one is for all the veggie lovers! If you love your veggies, then you need to try this!

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Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta made with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce. If you love your veggies, then you need to try this delicious meal!

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How’s the long weekend going for everyone? We actually had some travel plans but had to cancel it at the last minute so we ended up staying home and doing nothing much really.

Other than eating a lot, of course. It is already a bit cold here, so just enjoying the chill in the air and waiting for trees to turn their color. It is always so exciting and I can’t wait to see fall colors! I would also like to take moment here and wish all my Indian readers a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! Hope you all have wonderful celebration with your family and loved ones.

As soon as the weather gets cooler, I start craving for comfort food. And when it comes to comfort food, pasta is right up there. It can’t get more comforting than pasta and cheese and you throw in lots of veggies and then it becomes my favorite meal.

I was not sure what to name this recipe but since there are so many veggies in here, I just call it Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta. If you love your veggies, then this pasta is for you.

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Baked pasta has always been one of my favorites especially when loaded with veggies. It really is, have a look!

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Let’s see what all veggies I added in this vegetarian baked pasta!

Onion

Grape Tomatoes

Zucchini

Mushroom

Broccoli

Red & Yellow Pepper

That’s a lot of veggies, isn’t it? And that’s what makes this baked pasta so good. What also makes this pasta special in RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce. I have always been someone who doesn’t like taking shortcuts in my cooking and that’s why I really like Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce. There are no artificial flavors, colors or shortcuts. I used Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce in this recipe, it’s really thick and flavorful!

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Vegetarian Baked Pasta Recipe

I have always been a fan of Ragu Pasta Sauce and have used it in many of my recipes like this and this. Their sauces are truly one of the best that I have tried and you must visit their website to learn more about them. They have tons of recipe ideas, so don’t forget to check those out! And I hope you guys give this recipe a try. You can add other veggies if you like, or remove the ones you don’t like. Also I broiled my pasta after it was baked for few minutes. This is optional but I love the brown cheese on top and if you do too, then just broil the pasta for few minutes once it’s baked.

 

Method

*Boil pasta and set aside. For baked pasta, it’s better to keep the pasta little undone because it gets cooked in the oven too. I boiled pasta for 9-10 minutes rather than 11-13 minutes that was mentioned on the pasta packet. If you over-boil it, pasta will get super soft/soggy once baked.

 

Heat butter and oil in a pan on medium heat.

Once hot, add chopped garlic and onion. Saute for a minute.

Add broccoli florets, sliced mushrooms and saute for 1-2 minutes.

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Then add salt, black pepper, italian seasoning, dried oregano, dried basil and red chili flakes. Mix everything till combined.

Add in diced zucchini, sliced grape tomatoes and chopped red and yellow peppers. Cook for a minute or two till veggies soften a little.

Add a tablespoon of heavy cream and mix.

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Add in the boiled pasta and 1/2 cup pasta sauce. Mix everything together and remove pan from heat.

Now take a 26 x 18 cm pan and place 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce at the bottom.

Transfer half of the pasta from the pan on top of the pasta sauce in baking dish.

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Place half of fresh mozzarella cheese on top.

Then layer the remaining pasta on top of the cheese.

Finally top with 1/2 cup Ragu Pasta Sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

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Bake at 350 F degrees for 15-20 minutes or till the cheese melts. Set oven to broil. This step is optional but I like those brown bubbly cheesy spots on top. So broil the baked pasta for 3-4 minutes or till you have some time brown spots on your cheese.

Remove veggie lovers baked pasta from oven, garnish with some fresh basil and serve.

Vegetarian Pasta Bake

* Adjust cheese according to preference.

* Always remember to undercook the pasta because it will cook in the oven too and you don’t want the pasta to lose it’s texture. I boiled mine for 9-10 minutes only.

Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta

3.15 from 20 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta - this one is for all the veggie lovers! If you love your veggies, then you need to try this!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 pound pasta I used farfalle pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter I used unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 small zucchini squash sliced
  • 1 small red pepper chopped
  • 1 small yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms [around 4 oz]
  • 3/4 cup broccoli florets
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1.25 cups pasta sauce divided
  • 6-8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese I use vegetarian parmesan

Instructions 

  • Boil pasta and set aside. For baked pasta, it's better to keep the pasta little undone because it gets cooked in the oven too. I boiled pasta for 9-10 minutes rather than 11-13 minutes that was mentioned on the pasta packet. If you over-boil it, pasta will get super soft/soggy once baked.
  • Heat butter and oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Once hot, add chopped garlic and onion. Saute for a minute.
  • Add broccoli florets, sliced mushrooms and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add salt, black pepper, italian seasoning, dried oregano, dried basil and red chili flakes. Mix everything till combined.
  • Add in diced zucchini, sliced grape tomatoes and chopped red and yellow peppers. Cook for a minute or two till veggies soften a little.
  • Add a tablespoon of heavy cream and mix.
  • Add in the boiled pasta and 1/2 cup Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce. Mix everything together and remove pan from heat.
  • Now take a 26 x 18 cm pan and place 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce at the bottom.
  • Transfer half of the pasta from the pan on top of the pasta sauce in baking dish.
  • Place half of fresh mozzarella cheese on top. Then layer the remaining pasta on top of the cheese.
  • Finally top with 1/2 cup Ragu Pasta Sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 F degrees for 15-20 minutes or till the cheese melts.
  • Set oven to broil and broil the baked pasta for 3-4 minutes or till you have some time brown spots on your cheese.
  • Remove the pasta from oven, garnish with some fresh basil and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 778mg, Potassium: 937mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2415IU, Vitamin C: 130.8mg, Calcium: 328mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baking, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
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33 Comments

    1. well it’s pasta and so olive oil becomes like a key ingredient since it adds to flavor. But if you don’t have it, use any oil

  1. 5 stars
    Hi,
    Made Baked pasta today and it came out great.. It tasted heavenly… Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe

  2. Hi
    Would it be possible to do everything up to baking part but put in fridge for a couple hours before I bake it? Would prefer to prep before and then just pop in oven for baking when ready to eat.
    Thanks in advance, looks yummy

    1. hmm I am sure you can add chicken Erin but I am not sure when. Probably saute/cook it just like the veggies in a different pan and then combine with the veggies and layer in the pan to bake. Sorry I am not 100% sure since I have never cooked chicken in my life! :/

  3. This was so yummy and the fact that it was packed with delicious veggies was a bonus. I didn’t feel guilty about eating a massive amount!!!

  4. I made this for my family today, and we all loved it! The flavors explode in your mouth with every mouthful. This will be on our menu at a regular basis, that is for sure. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Manali, I will have a good look at your other recipes as well.

  5. Your instructions at the end are missing a few steps. As in, when to add peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, and also when to add the heavy cream.

  6. Big fan of veggie and love this pasta. Look great and I believe that it is tasty. Thanks for sharing, Manali and have a nice weekend.

  7. i love the way all these ingredients combine. looks tasty with the brown cheese on top.
    all we need for a meal is just a baked pasta and a glass of orange juice. thanks for sharing, i feel so hungry xD

  8. I do love vegetarian baked pasta ANYTHING. And this has the best mix of veggies. I’m all in, especially now that colder temps are coming!

  9. This pasta looks incredible, Manali! I love all those veggies! It’s so hearty and delicious looking!!

  10. Definitely right up my alley with this Manali! It looks so darn delicious and loving that sauce.

  11. I definitely love my veggies and I also love me some pasta, cheese and ragu!!! So these baked pasta is totally calling my name! This looks ultimately comforting and all sorts of delicious, Manali! Cheers!

  12. I love a good baked pasta…it seriously is one of my favorite comfort foods! All of the veggies in this one sound amazing. Definitely need to put this on the dinner list soon! 🙂

  13. Manali, this Veggie Lovers Baked Pasta looks amazing! LOVE all the veggies you threw in there!!! Delicious!

  14. Now this is a pasta that’s right up my alley!! I seriously love veggies packed into every corner on my dinner so this is perfect for me!! And of course, all that cheese on top certainly isn’t hurting. 😉

  15. Now this is my kind of comfort food! I love how dishes like this are instantly healthier when they are packed full of veggies.