This cheesy pasta bake is a vegetarian feast! It's so easy to make with a flavourful roasted red pepper sauce and mozzarella topping. Try this recipe for your next simple family dinner.
I love a good baked pasta!
They're so comforting, usually pretty easy to make and are great for meal prep.
This cheesy pasta bake is really up there as one of my favourites. It's got a sweet and smokey sauce made from roasted red peppers and then topped with plenty of mozzarella which gives you all the cheese pulls your heart desires.
I use jarred roasted red peppers for this recipe because it makes it such a quick and easy sauce to make but if you prefer to roast your own you totally can do that.
Why we love this cheesy pasta bake
It's ideal comfort food which makes it perfect for when you need a big bowl of pasta to take the edge off a busy day
It's easy to make and takes the time it takes to boil some pasta to prep, then you simply bake for 15 minutes and you're ready to eat
Most of the ingredients you need are store cupboard ingredients so you can keep them on hand at all times for an easy dinner when you need it
Roasted Pepper Pasta Bake Ingredients
Pasta: I use fusilli because that's what we regularly buy but you can use any short cut pasta you like
Roasted Red Peppers: Use jarred ones because they make this recipe so quick and easy
Parmesan: Adds a delicious salty flavour to the sauce
Chilli Flakes: I like a little kick to my pasta bake but you can reduce if you don't like spice
Garlic: Because everything tastes better with garlic
Mozzarella: Cooked until it's all melted and bubbly on top
Red Pepper Baked Pasta Instructions
Cook the pasta: According to packet instructions.
Make the sauce: Put the roasted peppers, parmesan and chilli flakes and blend until smooth then add the olive oil and season well.
Bake: Toss the pasta with the sauce then put in a baking dish and top with the cheese. Bake for 15 minutes.
Expert tips for making this recipe...
If you want to make ahead this recipe then you can cook the pasta, make the sauce and mix then pop in a baking dish and cover until you're ready to eat. Then simply add the mozzarella and put it in the oven for 15-30 minutes (to account for it being chilled when it goes in the oven)
To make this recipe gluten free make sure to use your favourite brand of gluten free pasta
If you want to up the veg content of this recipe then you can add any extra veggies you like! Broccoli, spinach or kale would all work really well
Want more? Try these other pasta recipes!
- Southwest Pasta Salad
- Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet with Spaghetti
- Creamy Avocado Pesto
- Orzo Pasta Salad with Salmon
- Chicken and Chorizo Pasta
- Tuna Pasta Salad
Cheesy Pasta Bake with Roasted Peppers
- 300 g Pasta
- 1 480g jar Roasted Red Peppers drained
- 50 g Parmesan grated
- ½ teaspoon Chilli Flakes
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic crushed
- 150 g Mozzarella
- Salt and Pepper
- Heat oven to 200°C/400°. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in salted water.
- While the pasta cooks put the roasted peppers, parmesan and chilli flakes in a food processor and blend until smooth. With the blender still running drizzle in the olive oil then season to taste.
- In a large bowl toss the pasta with the sauce then place in a baking dish and top with torn mozzarella. Bake for 10-15 minutes until browned.
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