Vegetable pasta bake

A no-fuss veggie pasta bake packed full of your 5-a-day! Make sure you use a vegetarian-friendly hard cheese if you’re cooking for vegetarians.


  • 1 red pepper, seeds removed, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 yellow pepper, seeds removed, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 aubergine, finely chopped
  • 1 courgette, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g/5½oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped basil
  • 300g/10½oz pasta, such as gemelli or penne
  • 150g/5½oz ball mozzarella, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 2-3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan, or a vegetarian hard cheese alternative
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5.

  2. Put the peppers, aubergine, courgette and onion into a roasting tin or deep baking dish and coat in the oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 45 minutes, turning twice, until the vegetables are tender and golden brown.

  3. Add the cherry tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, garlic and basil and cook for 10–15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to pack instructions. Add 4–6 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to the vegetables to loosen the tomato sauce.

  5. Drain the pasta and stir into the roasted vegetables. Stir through the mozzarella and pesto, top with Parmesan and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Vegetable pasta bake

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