VEGGIE LOVERS BAKED RIGATONI

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This veggie lover’s baked rigatoni is packed full of cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, and spinach. A hearty and delicious vegetarian dinner.

Today’s recipe is all about pasta, veggies, and cheese This veggie lover’s baked rigatoni is a vegetarian’s dream come true.Packed full of tons of super fresh veggies, hearty rigatoni pasta, and topped with the perfect mixture of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

As a vegetarian, I’ve eaten quite a bit of pasta in my day, but this one is possibly the best I’ve ever eaten.Rigatoni is also a fun change from the pastas I regularly buy.My mission was to create a deliciously cheesy pasta that was heavy on both flavor and veggies so that it didn’t sit as heavy as other pastas can on my stomach.We’re going all in on this pasta with cherry tomatoes, onions, fresh garlic, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini and spinach!

Veggie Lover’s baked rigatoni packed full of delicious vegetables and two kinds of cheese. A delicious vegetarian pasta recipe!!

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Ingredients

  • 5 oz container of fresh spinach (or 4-6 cups of loose spinach)
  • 10 oz container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 9 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 25 oz pasta sauce (I used mushroom flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1/8 cup of olive oil and place in an even layer on a baking sheet
  3. Roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until tomatoes start to wilt and burst
  4. Cook Rigatoni according to instructions and set aside
  5. In a large skillet, combine onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, garlic, dried basil, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  6. Sautee on medium high heat for 12-15 minutes, or until liquid is released and vegetables have started to cook down
  7. Add spinach and wilt (2-3 minutes)
  8. Add sauce and stir well
  9. Add the cooked tomatoes to the sauce with the other veggies
  10. Mix the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses together in a bowl
  11. Add 1 cups of cheese mixture to the sauce/veggie skillet and stir
  12. Combine rigatoni with sauce/veggie skillet and transfer mixture to a 13 by 9 baking dish
  13. Top with remaining cheese
  14. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown
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