This wonderful baked pasta recipe is made with roasted vegetables, plenty of cheese, and Marinara sauce. So easy to make and filled with flavor, this pasta dish is the perfect single serving meal.
Combine deliciously roasted vegetables with your favorite pasta and you’ve got a hearty and comforting meal. This easy to make baked pasta recipe is one for your recipe files. Filled with flavor, this baked pasta with roasted vegetables is a fabulous cheesy casserole that I know you’re going to love.
This recipe is super flexible and a great way to use up any vegetables you might have on hand. Although I used zucchini, red peppers, and onions. Eggplant, yellow or orange peppers, and summer squash would all work well here.
A few years ago, I was hosting a dinner party at my house and a few of the guests were vegetarian. I wanted to make a pasta casserole that would satisfy the vegetarians as well as the meat-lovers in the group.
I came across a recipe for Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables from Giada de Laurentiis, gave it a try and it was a huge success. From that moment on, this baked pasta recipe has been my go-to recipe for dinner parties and potlucks.
Since this baked pasta recipe has always been such a favorite, I decided to scale down the ingredients and turn it into a single serving recipe.
Pasta With Roasted Vegetables
This pasta dish couldn’t be easier to make. The chopped vegetables are roasted together on a baking sheet topped with a little bit of olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, and dried herbs.
After the vegetables roast, toss them in with cooked pasta, Marinara sauce, and the cheeses.
Pour the pasta with vegetables into a small baking dish and bake until the cheese melts, about 25 minutes.
Pro Tip: In addition to changing up the vegetables combinations you use, feel free to switch up the cheeses too. I absolutely love using smoked Gruyère and Fontina cheese but I also love using smoked mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and Gouda too.
This vegetarian casserole is bursting with so many different flavors. You won’t miss the meat at all.
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
If you have any ingredients left over from this pasta casserole recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving or small batch recipes.
- Zucchini: Zucchini Lasagna, Zucchini Noodles with Garlic, Skillet Ratatouille
- Red Peppers: Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Meal, Sloppy Joe, Chicken Fajitas
- Onions: Stuffed Fish Fillet, Turkey Chili, Shrimp Creole
- Pasta: Goulash, Italian Pasta Salad, Baked Ziti
- Marinara Sauce: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, French Bread Pizza
- Cheese: French Onion Soup, Pita Pizza, Ham and Cheese Scones
What To Serve With Baked Pasta
You might like to enjoy any of these side dishes with your baked pasta:
Other Single Serving Pasta Recipes
Although this baked pasta recipe calls for using penne pasta, feel free to use a different pasta. I use two-thirds of a cup of uncooked penne which is about one and one-quarter cup cooked. Use the same amount of the pasta shape you choose. You might like to use the rest of the pasta in any of these pasta recipes:
- Shrimp and Prosciutto Pasta
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Pasta with Vodka Sauce
- Mediterranean Pasta and Shrimp
- Minestrone Soup
- Buttered Noodles
- Pasta Primavera
For this Baked Pasta For One, I use a 5-inch baking dish which holds about 1 1/2 to 2 cups. You can also use a loaf pan or any similar smaller sized baking dish.
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- 1/2 cup diced zucchini (cut into 1-inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup diced red peppers (cut into 1-inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup dried penne pasta
- 3/4 cup Marinara Sauce
- 1 1/2 ounces Fontina cheese , shredded
- 1 ounce Smoked Gruyere cheese , shredded
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter , cut into small pieces
How To Video
- Heat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- On a baking sheet, toss the zucchini, peppers, onions and garlic with olive oil, spices, salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 5-6 minutes until the pasta is al dente (firm and not too soft).Drain in a colander.
- In a medium-sized bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, Marinara sauce and cheeses. Gently mix the ingredients together until all of the pasta is coated with the sauce.
- Pour the pasta into a greased 5-inch baking dish. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and butter pieces. Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.
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