Cheesy Pasta Bake with Roasted Pepper Sauce

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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!

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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. 

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White bowl of cheesy pasta on a marble surface

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

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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

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White bowl of roasted pepper pasta with cheese on a marble background

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.

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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!

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Cheesy Pasta Bake with Roasted Peppers

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.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 526kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 300 g Pasta
  • 1 480g jar Roasted Red Peppers drained
  • 50 g Parmesan grated
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 150 g Mozzarella
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Pasta Bake with Roasted Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 2087mg87%
Potassium 382mg11%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Vitamin C 56.3mg68%
Calcium 405mg41%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Dannii
    06/08/2019 at 3:39 PM


    I love how much flavour red peppers add. This looks like a great pasta bake.

  • Reply
    Colleen
    06/08/2019 at 4:17 PM


    I always have a jar of roasted red peppers in the pantry, so I can’t wait to make this. It looks so good!

  • Reply
    Julie
    06/08/2019 at 4:24 PM

    Love the ease of this dish when my days are so busy. Flavorful and ingredients I always have. Win win.

  • Reply
    Natalie
    06/08/2019 at 4:26 PM


    Looks like the ultimate comfort food! Delicious and satisfying ♥ Can’t wait to try this recipe soon – I love pasta bake!

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