vegetarian pasta bake recipe

A delicious pasta dish that's so warming and hearty, the whole family will love it… and they probably won't even notice it's vegetarian! Get into this one for a healthy Winter dinner idea!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Serves: 6
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 red capsicum diced
  • 1 yellow capsicum diced
  • 1 eggplant cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 zucchini diced
  • 700 g tomato passata or puree
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 250 g wholemeal spiral pasta or gluten free spiral pasta
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese or vegan cheese if you prefer
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for Salad

  • 80 g mixed salad leaves
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly grease a 27cm x 15cm baking dish with 1/2 teaspoon oil.

Prepare the pasta

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the wholemeal or gluten free pasta to the boiling water, and simmer on high for 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain the water, and return to the pan.

To make the ratatouille

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add remaining oil. Add onion, garlic and chili and saute for 1-2 minutes or until softened.
  • Add capsicum, eggplant and zucchini. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are starting to soften.
  • Add tomato, water, oregano and season well. Simmer, covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Now, to make the bake

  • Add the ratatouille to the cooked pasta and toss together, combine it through well. Transfer the pasta and ratatoille to the prepared baking dish, top with basil and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.

To serve

  • Gently Serve pasta bake with mixed salad leaves, dressed with lemon and salt to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Ratatouille Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 1180mg34%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 2477IU50%
Vitamin B3 5mg25%
Vitamin C 86mg104%
Vitamin K 21µg20%
Calcium 205mg21%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.