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Vegan Pasta Bake


  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Vegan Pasta Bake packed with vegetables, topped with our favorite vegan cheese and baked to perfection. 


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Ingredients

  • 12 oz gluten free pasta of choice (we used rotini), cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups cooked green lentils (about 3/4 cup uncooked), cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped well
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 25 oz marinara sauce of choice
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package soft vegan mozzarella cheese
  • For topping: basil, red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Cook lentils according to package directions. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F. 
  3. Preheat large sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and diced onion. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add in garlic and mushrooms and cook down for additional 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Meanwhile, start cooking pasta according to package directions.
  5. Add dried herbs, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to sauté pan and stir well. Add spinach and parsley, then add fire-roasted tomatoes, marinara, 2 tbsp vegan parmesan and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella. Stir well and let cook down for a few minutes, until pasta is finished cooking. 
  6. Add cooked pasta and stir well. Pour into a 9 x 11 baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  7. Top with sliced soft mozzarella and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp of vegan parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melty and slightly browned. 
  9. Optional: garnish with fresh basil and extra red pepper flakes.

Notes

Feel free to use store-bought sauce instead of homemade for a quicker option.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Pasta

Keywords: vegan pasta bake