Vegetarian Pasta Bake

    Vegetarian Pasta Bake

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    55min


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    About this recipe: 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.

    Ingredients
    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

    Method
    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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