Meatless Monday - Layered Greek Pasta Bake

>> Monday, March 22, 2010

It's a busy, busy week here, so I am digging into the archives for today's Meatless Monday post.  We had this Layered Pasta Bake again recently, and I was reminded how good it is.  Despite the inclusion of zucchini and feta cheese, my kids are wild about this dish! 

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, including this one.  In fact, I liked the book so much that I now own it.  

My kids do their best to pick around the zucchini, but they still love this dish - and even manage to get some of the zucchini into their bodies.  I've considered pureeing the sauteed zucchini and hiding it in the sauce, but haven't gone to that effort so far.

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.

Now for a request.  A reader and friend is looking for a tasty breakfast "cookie."  Do you have one to share?  I must admit, I am not having a lot of luck with this challenge!  The couple I've tried so far have been heavy and not very appealing to any of us!


Jehnie March 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

My kids enjoyed the Breakfast Cookie from the Sneaky Chef cookbook. We used Wheaties and it also calls for ricotta cheese which I liked. I can dig out the recipe if you would like.

Amy (Super Healthy Kids) March 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

Hi Cathy- I haven't tried it yet, but I'll email you one from Tosca Reno's "eat Clean for Family and Kids" Book.

Catherine March 22, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

I've been experimenting with making granola bars lately - maybe you could start with something like this recipe - add dried fruit and nuts to make it more breakfast-friendly.

也許 March 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

thx u very much, i learn a lot

cathy March 23, 2010 at 6:26 AM  

Jehnie - I've made the Sneaky Chef breakfast cookie, but had forgotten about it. The kids liked them. Me, not so much. But, I am not a fan of cereal at all.

Amy - Thank you!

Catherine - Always love more granola bars! I let me kids have my nutty granola bars for breakfast sometimes. Thanks for passing on the link.

Sagan March 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

I think pasta pretty much always tastes better when it's baked. I have no idea why.

Breakfast cookies are tricky... they tend to be so dense and most are full of nuts/seeds, which I do NOT like in my cookies. Sorry, no help here! I DO have good and super healthy (no added sugars or fats) muffin recipes, however; email me if you're interested and I'll pass my favourite on to you!

Lori March 24, 2010 at 7:36 AM  

This pasta bake looks great! I made a honey oatmeal raisin cookie a while back that would probably pass. I liked the way they turned out, soft and chewy.

Writer Belle March 29, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

Thank you for the recipe. I LOVE PASTA. :) I've printed it out to save to my recipe collection.

pita bread March 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

Thanks for the recipe, it's awesome that it's meatless. And let me tell you, when food looks good, it's more fun to eat it, and this looks great

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Since I really love baked macaroni, I do really hope to try this healthy food recipes of yours. Thanks!

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