Vegetarian Pasta Bake

One of the things I love about summers are the fresh vegetables grown from the Farmer’s market.

However, who wants to cook all these vegetables in the hot summer heat?!

I sure know most nights especially with humidity, I don’t even want to think twice about cooking dinner.

However this recipe does not take too much meal prep time, so don’t sweat it (literally).

Since this is a vegetarian meal, I always like to incorporate some source of protein into my meals. While carbohydrates do fill you up fast, they won’t satisfy you for hours.

For this recipe, I used Banza Penne which is made from chickpeas. I know what you’re thinking, bean pasta?! But trust me, you don’t take them at all, and it’s so much more satisfying.

At a glance Banza Penne provides:

  • 32 g Carbs
  • 14 g Protein
  • 8 g Fiber
  • 3.5 g Fat

This pasta is gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, and nut-free. So this pasta is for everyone! 

Now onto the recipe. You can very much well use another variety of pasta if you prefer, but I recommend adding in some source of protein (beans, meat, meat-substitute, etc.).

Vegetarian Pasta Bake

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box Banza Penne (or substitute your favorite pasta)
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash (or zucchini), diced
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat (or fat free) colby jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • seasonings of preference (basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add your pasta, and cook until al dente.
  3. While your pasta is cooking, slice and dice your vegetables. Then heat a skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil and garlic. Cook your vegetables until soft and tender, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick to the skillet. Set aside.
  4. Drain your pasta once cooked, and place back into the pot. Mix in your marinara sauce, vegetables and seasonings.
  5. Pour your pasta into a large casserole dish. Top with your cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

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