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Very veggie pasta bake

Switch up your midweek cooking with my delicious Italian-style pasta bake, full of vibrant veggies and deliciously melty mozzarella. This healthy family feast is lovely served with a fresh salad. - Chris Baber

  • Timer Prep 5 min
    Cook 40 min
  • Chart 690.0 cal/
  • Chef hat Easy


Cut the aubergines into 1cm cubes. Finely slice the garlic cloves. Pick the leaves and chop the stalks the basil. Tear the lighter mozzarella.

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  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas mark 6.
  2. 2 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat and fry the aubergine cubes for 3-5 minutes until they take on some colour. Add the garlic, cooking for a further 2 minutes.
  3. 3 Next, add the chopped tomatoes and basil stalks, season generously with salt and pepper and cook, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes until you have a thick sauce.
  4. 4 While the sauce is simmering, cook the wholewheat penne pasta for 1 minute less than the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water.
  5. 5 Remove the tomatoes from the vine, add half of the pack to the sauce whole, then stir in the spinach and most of the basil leaves, saving a little to garnish.
  6. 6 Mix the cooked pasta into the sauce, transfer to an ovenproof dish, sprinkle over the torn mozzarella and bake for 15 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  7. 7 Scatter the remaining basil leaves on top of the pasta, then serve with the remaining tomatoes and salad leaves.

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  • Average per serving
  • Calories 690.0kCal
  • Fat19.5g
  • Saturated4.9g
  • Salt0.91g
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugar11.2g
  • Proteing
  • Fibreg