Baked Vegetable Pasta

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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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. pretty colors and melted cheese–that’s a pretty fierce combination. 🙂
    looks great. and happy halloween. 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. Do you have another link to your vegetable pasta sauce? I would love to try this, but the link won’t work on my computer. Thank you!