Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe

Vegetable Pasta Bake

Who doesn’t love a good old Pasta Bake Recipe?

This Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe is only about 5 years old. I love making and experimenting with these. They are easy to whip up and you can vary the recipe according to what vegetables you have in the refrigerator. I have a few of these recipes and will put them all up eventually. This one is versatile as you can leave out the bacon and serve as a vegetarian dish. This dish is also great for getting as many vegetables as possible into the kids in one hit. Enjoy!

Serves 8


500g dried penne pasta
6 rashers bacon, rinds removed, chopped
6 stalks silver beet, leaves removed
1 zucchini, trimmed, diced
1 carrot, peeled, diced
3 stalks celery, trimmed, halved, sliced
150g green beans, trimmed, cut into 2cm lengths
250g button mushrooms, sliced
1 red capsicum, diced
737g bottle tomato pasta sauce
3 cups grated cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 200° C
Grease and line a 6cm deep, 28cm x 35cm (base) baking dish
Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender

Meanwhile, place bacon in a frying pan and sauté until bacon is cooked through, set aside

Chop the silver beet leaves and place in a an oiled frying pan
Add zucchini, carrot, celery and green beans
Sauté until carrot is tender
Add mushrooms, capsicum and bacon
Stir to combine

Drain pasta and return to the saucepan
Add vegetable mixture and pasta sauce, stirring to coat
Spoon into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with cheese
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and serve


Bacon and vegetables can be cooked in the microwave if you are short on time
Feel free to experiment with the vegetables replacing those not available for those that are in season
Great dish for fussy little eaters
Suitable for reheating the next day
Eat with a salad during summer
Omit the bacon and this dish is suitable for vegetarians
Line the baking dish with non-stick baking paper for an easier clean up
Use tasty cheese for a nice sharp taste

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