Cheesy Pasta Bake

Cheesy Pasta Bake

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This is the perfect weekend recipe for a night when you are wanting to make a labor intensive, hearty, five-star meal. This bulky vegetarian dish is filled with delicious veggies and pasta that are smothered in cheese.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 1 hour, 30 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 medium Zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium Eggplant, halved lengthwise
  • 1 large Onion, quartered
  • ½ lb Penne Pasta
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp dried Mint
  • 1 large Tomato, chopped
  • 4-oz Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 1 C Tomato Sauce
  • ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 8-oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

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Directions

Begin this recipe for your cheesy pasta bake by preheating your broiler and whisking together one tablespoon of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, one teaspoon of salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Generously brush this mixture onto the halves of zucchini and eggplant. Place the brushed halves on a baking sheet and broil for about eight to 10 minutes per side or until tender. Once ready, remove from the oven and let cool before dicing.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook your pasta to al dente according to package directions in a large pot of salted water. Once cooked, drain and shock under cold water.

After your pasta has cooked, use the same pot to heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add the garlic and let cook for about one minute before stirring in the oregano and mint. Let cook for 30 seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes, feta cheese, pasta, and the remaining teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine and place in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella and cover with foil.

Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and discard the foil. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.


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