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Vegetarian Pasta Bake

October 26, 2017 (Last Updated: November 30, 2019)

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This creamy and cheesy vegetarian pasta bake is easy and to make and perfect for meal prep. Packed full of tasty flavors – red onion, goats cheese, spinach and tomatoes make for the perfect bowl of comfort! Quick to prep with fresh vegetables.

looking for some tasty comfort food? This cheesy vegetarian pasta bake is packed full of flavour and sure to hit the right spot! Easy to make and the leftovers taste even better!

There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of pasta, it’s perfect for a go to weeknight meal. This vegetarian pasta bake and my One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta are two of my go to pasta dishes when I want something full of flavor but with little effort!

Vegetarian Pasta Bake Inspired by Pizza!

Those of you who are regular readers, may be slightly surprised that I didn’t jam a load of meat into this dish! The inspiration for the flavours in this pasta bake came from a chain restaurant in the UK that I think I’m going to miss now that I’m living in Toronto, Pizza Express. My go to pizza there is a Padana Romana, call me crazy, but I’m just not a pepperoni girl! I wanted to incorporate all of the flavours from my favourite pizza in to a pasta dish, and this did not disappoint!

How to Make This Vegetarian Pasta Bake Recipe

  • For the onions, put a large frying pan on a low-medium heat and add the butter to melt it.  Add in the onions and garlic cloves and cook for around 15 minutes, stirring occasional, until the onions soften.  After 15 minutes, add the sugar and vinegar and cook for another 15minutes.  Put to one side
  • Pre heat the oven to 180ºc / 350ºf
  • For the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan on a medium heat. Gradually add stir in the flour until you form a paste.  Keep cooking for 3-4 minutes to cook the flour. Gradually add the milk and whisk until the flour and butter is mixed.  Add the cheeses a handful at a time, keep whisking, until you have a silky cheese sauce.
  • Place the pasta in a large saucepan or bowl and add in the warm cheese sauce.  Stir in the spinach, a handful at a time so it wilts and then add the cooked onions.  Ensure the ingredients are combined.
  • Spoon the pasta mix into a large, ovenproof dish and place the goats cheese and tomatoes on top.  Drizzle with a little lemon juice
  • Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until piping hot

Variations

I used fresh pasta in this dish, you can use dried but be sure to cook it before mixing with the cheese sauce.

looking for some tasty comfort food? This cheesy vegetarian pasta bake is packed full of flavour and sure to hit the right spot! Easy to make and the leftovers taste even better!

Cheesy and Creamy Vegetarian Pasta Bake Recipe

The red onions are slow cooked to really release the sweetness – this process takes around 30 minutes, but if you want to speed up the process and have the heat higher, you can do it in 15 – just keep stirring the pan. The rich and creamy goats cheese sits so perfectly with the sweet onions and mildness of the spinach.

My cheesy Vegetarian Pasta Bake recipe is perfect for weeknight meals and lunches. I love to cook this big batch up on a Sunday and either reheat portions on weeknights or have it as cold lunches. Trust me, the left overs are the best bit!

Pasta Bake with No Meat

So many people are cutting down on the amount of meat they consume right now, for reasons varying from environmental to health. But just because you are cutting down on meat, it doesn’t mean you have to cut down on flavor! This pasta bake is loaded with ingredients that make every bite oh so delicious!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

There’s a load of fresh and healthy veggies in this vegetarian pasta bake recipe that really create a flavor punch, it’s a yummy way to get a tonne of vitamins and minerals into your diet. It’s such a colorful dish too, it’s sure to brighten up a grey day!

looking for some tasty comfort food? This cheesy vegetarian pasta bake is packed full of flavour and sure to hit the right spot! Easy to make and the leftovers taste even better!

Make Ahead Pasta Dish To Feed A Crowd

You can either bake this pasta dish and keep it covered in the fridge, and then just reheat it when you are ready to serve, or you can build the dish, right before you bake it and keep it covered. Just pop it in the oven before you are ready to serve it. It’s a great option for a make ahead meal and it will easily feed a large crowd!

Top Tips to Make Vegetarian Pasta Bake

  • You can use dried or fresh pasta – if you use dried, cook it first.
  • Cook in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Serve with a side salad or garlic bread if you are feeling indulgent!

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looking for some tasty comfort food? This cheesy vegetarian pasta bake is packed full of flavour and sure to hit the right spot! Easy to make and the leftovers taste even better!

Vegetarian Pasta Bake

This cheesy Vegetarian Pasta Bake recipe is the perfect comfort food!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Calories: 597kcal

Ingredients

For the onions

  • 3 red onions finely chopped
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1.75 ounces salted butter (50g)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

For the cheese sauce

  • 2.6 ounces salted butter (75g)
  • 1.75 ounces plain flour (50g)
  • 2 pints milk (950ml)
  • 3.5 ounces mozzarella grated (100g)
  • 3.5 ounces cheddar grated (100g)

For the pasta bake

  • 9 ounces baby spinach fresh (260g)
  • 5.3 ounces goats cheese cut into rounds (150g)
  • handful cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2.2 pounds fresh pasta or cooked (1kg)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  • For the onions, put a large frying pan on a low-medium heat and add the butter to melt it.  Add in the onions and garlic cloves and cook for around 15 minutes, stirring occasional, until the onions soften.  After 15 minutes, add the sugar and vinegar and cook for another 15minutes.  Put to one side
  • Pre heat the oven to 180ºc / 350ºf
  • For the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan on a medium heat. Gradually add stir in the flour until you form a paste.  Keep cooking for 3-4 minutes to cook the flour. Gradually add the milk and whisk until the flour and butter is mixed.  Add the cheeses a handful at a time, keep whisking, until you have a silky cheese sauce.
  • Place the pasta in a large saucepan or bowl and add in the warm cheese sauce.  Stir in the spinach, a handful at a time so it wilts and then add the cooked onions.  Ensure the ingredients are combined.
  • Spoon the pasta mix into a large, ovenproof dish and place the goats cheese and tomatoes on top.  Drizzle with a little lemon juice
  • Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until piping hot

Notes

  • You can use dried or fresh pasta - if you use dried, cook it first.
  • Cook in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Serve with a side salad or garlic bread if you are feeling indulgent!
Nutritional values are based on one of ten servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3305IU | Vitamin C: 15.2mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 4.9mg
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie Velte
    December 24, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, can you recommend another cheese to use?

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      December 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Stephanie, A strong cheddar or mozzarella would work well.
      Happy Christmas – let me know what you think of the recipe 🙂
      Betty x

  • Reply
    Jane@ Littlesugarsnaps
    November 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    5 stars
    When you have goats cheese in a recipe meat becomes irrelevant anyway (I <3 goats cheese). I think both of my daughters would be so happy if I packed up some of this in their lunchboxes as you suggest.

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      November 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      I agree Jane, goats cheese is the best! I always make a big batch of this, it’s great for lunches!

  • Reply
    Julie
    November 4, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    I sure wouldn’t miss meat in this beauty! It looks absolutely delicious with all of that creamy goodness!

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      November 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you Julie!

  • Reply
    Christine | Mid-Life Croissant
    November 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    I’m 95% comforted just from drooling over the pictures. But I want to get all the way to 100% so I will have to make this asap.

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      November 4, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      let me know if you give it a go 🙂

  • Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    November 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    5 stars
    This is one delicious cozy dinner!

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      November 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      …and it lasts for a couple of meals!

  • Reply
    Linda Daunter
    October 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Giving this a try tonight!

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      October 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Enjoy! 🙂

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