Meatless Monday - Layered Pasta Bake

>> Sunday, June 7, 2009

I came across a cookbook by Linda McCartney a few months ago at our local library - Linda McCartney's World of Vegetarian Cooking. For a cookbook with such a cheesy name, it's actually got quite a few good recipes in it.

I'm going to share one that we tried last week - a Greek Layered Pasta Bake. I was a little concerned about how all of the flavors would meld together, but it turned out great. My daughter liked it a lot. She especially like the zucchini chunks. My son picked at the pasta but did his best to avoid the sauce and zucchini - typical. My husband and I both thought it was delicious.

Layered Pasta Bake

14 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato puree
1 cup water
1 tsp dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 sun-dried tomatoes, crushed (I used oil packed sun-dried tomatoes)
8 oz crumbled feta
3 cups dried pasta (penne or fusilli or rigatoni)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium zucchini, sliced
1/2 cup cheddar, grated
freshly chopped basil to garnish

In a medium saucepan, simmer the tomatoes, tomato puree, and water with the thyme, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. When the sauce has reduced and thickened a little (about 8-10 min), add the feta. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Drain, and mix thoroughly with the tomato sauce.

Saute the onion and zucchini for about 5 min. (I think that I sauteed a little longer. My onions and zucchini were just starting to brown a bit.)

Spread half of the pasta mixture in a 13x9 baking dish and layer the zucchini mixture on top. Cover with the rest of the pasta mixture. Top with cheese and bake at 350 F for 20 min. Garnish with fresh basil before serving.


Sagan June 8, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

Sounds tasty! I love baked pasta. It just adds something wonderful to the dish.

Granola Girl June 8, 2009 at 10:46 AM  

We do one kinda like this, only I grind up all the veggies. Unlike your son, my 34 year old partner is the one that picks through things to see if there are veggies :)

They are so good! So cheap! and So easy!

Granola Girl

fatfighter June 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM  

That looks fantastic! Do you know the nutritional info for it?

laura June 9, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

Yum, and how perfect for summer with the zucchini. I may have to try Granola Girl's recommendation to grind up the veggies :)

Danakinz June 15, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

Love baked pasta! You can do so many things with it and add your favorite veggies. I love artichoke, sun dried tomato, spinach (or kale), and a little parm cheese. YUM.

Sally June 17, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

How much water goes in the first step? I'm cooking this now and hoping I don't mess it up! :)

Sally June 17, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

Okay... I went with 1/2 cup for the water... :)

Baking in the oven currently... I will certainly post our review when done (for those interested). :)

Sally June 17, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

Turned out great! My 5 year old said it was "sour" but pretty good (he ate his entire portion). My 3 year old at first refused to try it until the 5 year old told him it "tastes like candy." He ate about 5 bies. My husband I both really liked it. The baby ate some too but after a few bites just wanted strawberries. YUM

LobotoME June 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM  


Anonymous June 25, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

We're a Meatless Monday family (and are aiming to be H.F.Free, too). This recipe looks great and easy! We'll have to try it next week.

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