Simple Weeknight Dinner
Once again, another veggie pasta dish that I have fallen head over heals for. If you've been following me on Instagram, you know I love pasta. Like it's basically my third child. The love is real, people.
This dish is nice because it switches it up from my usual weeknight pasta, add adds a bit of veggies, which is always a good thing if you ask me. Also, this veggie pasta bake truly couldn't get any easier, which is much needed for a weeknight dinner.
Pasta bake suggestions
I've made this pasta bake with gluten free pasta and it's just as delicious. You can add as few or extra veggies as you would like. I kept this recipe to a minimum to keep things simple. I would suggest using a fusilli or bow tie pasta. If it's too thick, the noodles have a hard time cooking.
If you're wanting to add meat, you can add leftover lemon chicken, or sear up some ground beef and add it to the cheese mixture. Honestly, there are several variations to this dish and they are all delicious.
Easy Pasta Bake
A quick and delicious recipe - perfect for a weeknight meal. Cheesy and saucy - exactly how I like my pasta!
- 1 pound noodles fusilli or penne works the best
- 1/3 cup chicken or veggie stock
- 1 jar tomato sauce
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 medium zucchini shredded (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine dried noodles, pasta sauce, chicken stock and shredded zuccini - if using. Pour in 9x13 baking dish and spread out evenly.
Using the same bowl you used for the noodles and sauce, combine shredded mozzarella, cottage cheese, and parmesan cheese. Scoop the cheese mixture on top of the noodles. Spread evenly and make sure all of the noodles are covered. Cover and bake for 25 minutes.
Uncover and continue baking for 20-25 minutes or until the top is browned and bubbly. If need be, you can put the dish under the broiler for a few minutes so the top gets nice and browned.
I would not use rigatoni noodles. I have found them to be too thick and not cook in time. Also, if you use macaroni noodles, it won't take as long to bake because they are much smaller.
If you use gluten free noodles, the baking time might be a bit different too. Just keep an eye on it and test a noodle after 30 minutes to check for doneness.
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