Veggie Pasta Bake


Five veggies make this baked cheesy pasta a fresh and hearty Italian dinner. For an easy twist with meatballs, try the variation using ready-made frozen meatballs. When possible, consider cooking with organically grown and responsibly raised ingredients to benefit the quality of your meal and the health of our planet.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 6


  • 8 oz. uncooked ziti, rigatoni or penne pasta (about 3 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (8 oz.)
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1/8-inch-thick pieces
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) Take Root Organics™ Diced Tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Take Root Organics™ Tomato Sauce
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, about 2 minutes less than directed on the package; drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper and zucchini. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened. Add garlic and paprika; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in diced tomatoes and tomato sauce; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook 5 to 7 minutes until slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in cooked pasta and basil. Spoon half of pasta mixture evenly over the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese. Add remaining pasta; sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with additional basil before serving.

VARIATION: To make Meatball Veggie Pasta Bake, prepare as directed, except add 1 lb. fully cooked frozen meatballs, thawed according to package directions, when adding the cooked pasta and basil in Step 3.