Vegetarian Pasta Bake

    55 min

    A wonderful dish that's not only delicious, but it's also easy to make. Spaghetti is baked with a well-seasoned tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella, peppers and olives.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g spaghetti
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 3 onions, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 4 tomatoes, juiced
    • 250ml water
    • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 225g grated mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 100g black olives
    • 1 green pepper, sliced in rings

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Saute garlic and onions in oil until tender. Stir in tomato puree, black pepper, cumin, thyme, tomato juice, water, ketchup and salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
    3. While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    4. Stir the cooked pasta into the sauce. Stir in half of the mozzarella. Pour into a 20x30cm baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella, sliced olives and pepper.
    5. Bake in preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

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    This recipe was good, but it was a little dry. I think it needed a little bit more sauce.  -  08 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    pretty good...there's potential. I used a can of diced tomatoes (minus some of the juice)instead of just tomato juice and put the green pepper into the pasta instead of just on top and used a 4 cheese mix I had on hand instead of the mozzarella. Overall it was good, but i think next time I'll used a little less pasta, try it with mozzarella, use less onion (and i love onion), and add mushrooms into the mix as well.  -  24 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    There wasn't enough sauce- I'd have to double or even triple the recipe amounts. We've been eating leftovers with canned sauce heaped on it. Also, the thyme in the recipe gave it a strange taste.  -  22 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)