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Thursday, 28 June 2012

A quick, cheap and yummy veggie pasta bake!

I made one of my favourite meals the other day for my family and I thought I would share it with you. It's so tasty, has lots of vegetables in, so will definitely count as one of your 5 a day and luckily is not too expensive to make!

(Just before being put into the oven)

You will need:
 ( This recipe will Serve 4)

  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 courgette
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 medium/large mushrooms
  • Half a large red onion
  • A couple of handfuls of spinach
  • Mozzarella ball
  • Sieved tomato passata
  • Wholegrain or any other type of fusilli/pasta you like
  • My secret ingredient... 1 & half table spoons of green pesto

How to make...

  • To start prepare all of your vegetables as this will save you loads of time during the process and will help you feel more organised, another tip is just before you start cooking turn on your hob and boil some water in the kettle, to speed up the time of cooking the pasta!
  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees
  • Add some of olive oil to a pan and then add your chopped aubergine and courgette and let this soften for around 5 minutes
  • During this time put your saucepan on the hob and add your pasta and boiling water and occasionally stir the pasta to stop it from sticking (in total let your pasta for around 10-13 minutes)
  • After you've let you aubergine and courgette cook for 5 minutes, add your finely chopped or diced red onion to the pan along with your quartered mushrooms let this cook for another 5 minutes
  • During this add your 2 large tomatoes chop these into eights
  • Add your passata and pesto and mix into your vegetables, then add your spinach and let simmer for around a minute
  • Take your pasta off the hob and drain all the water, mix your chunky vegetable sauce in with the pasta in a large dish (make sure its oven proof) and slice up your mozzarella into thin to medium slices and lay on top of your pasta
  • Bake this for around 7 minutes to make sure all your vegetables have cooked properly and your cheese has melted
  • Take out of the oven,serve and enjoy!


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