When it comes to cooking I’m all about quick and easy, so this Vegan Pasta Bake recipe is a regular when I’m menu planning. With pasta, marinara, veggies and melted cheese, what’s not to love? After my disappointment with the Whole Foods Vegan Lasagna I was feeling passionate for pasta. So I decided to whip up this pasta bake again, with the soul intention of sharing this quick and easy recipe perfect for any meatless monday!
Ok so first I should point out that as the soul pasta lover in our household I tend to make my pasta bakes in individual portion sizes rather than a big bake. If your whole family loves pasta then go ahead and use a bigger baking dish. Personally make 2-3 servings at a time, because this vegan pasta bake recipe will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge. It’s great microwaved or reheated in the oven.
Vegan Pasta Bake Recipe
For this recipe you’ll need pasta. Surprise! The clue is in the name really. Seriously though ANY pasta will do. Whether it’s macaroni, penne, fusilli, farfalle, or conchiglie. You can spice things up with whole wheat, gluten free, red, black, white or yellow. Seriously there are so many combinations you could eat a pasta bake everyday for a month with different combinations! For this occasion I chose fusilli rice/quinoa pasta.
Ingredients – Serves 2
- 2 Cups Marinara Sauce
- Cup Mushrooms – diced
- Cup Onion – diced
- Vegan Cheese
Honestly I’m not the best at following instructions or sticking to a recipe. I follow rules in every other area of my life except cooking it seems. Use the dish you’ll be using to gauge how much pasta you’ll need and start cooking the pasta. In another pan saute the onion and mushrooms. Add the marina and mix. Once the pasta is ALMOST cooked (at the very start of al dente) then drain. Split the pasta into the dishes and add the marina. Top with vegan cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and mozzarella). Bake for approx 10 minutes.
Serve as is straight out the bowl, or use a serving spoon to have full access to the pasta cheesy goodness. I love that this works well for menu planning because I can cook multiple servings at once. As a personal favorite this vegan pasta bake is hearty and delicious whatever the season. In Summer partner with a mixed salad. Winter I’d pair it with green veggies like broccoli and green beans.
The great thing about individual portions is that I can create TWO different dishes by adding different herbs to the marina after I’ve created the first one. Maybe extra garlic, double basil, or some cayenne pepper for a little extra kick!
I’ve always loved pasta, in ALL shapes, sizes and colors. So this dish is a solid WINNER for me. I hope you give it a try. Let me know in the comments if you like it.
Are you a fan of pasta?
Do you cook extra for leftovers?
What’s your favorite way to
I love meals like this! I’m not fully vegan but I try to eat vegan or meatless several days a week and this meal would be perfect. I’m totally going to try it out! 🙂
awesome! So many different combinations available with different types of pasta and veggies!
this looks really delicious! i love mushrooms in pasta!
ooh this looks good. I don’t eat much vegan food but i might have to try this!!
I bet you’d be surprised how much vegan food you do eat! Oreos are vegan 😉
David Allen Elliott
This looks so delicious here. I think my daughter would love it. Although I think I’d just serve it out of the bowl. It kind of looks more fun.
hahaha it was, but didn’t photograph well 😉
oh this looks so good! Pasta is one of my fav things to cook (easy) and eat!
yep quick and easy are my favorite meals
This looks really yummy! Would love to try it on our meatless Mondays! Saving this
yay! Meatless Mondays are the best!
Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!
put it into your menu plan!
I am also the sole pasta lover in my house. I swear they just don’t know what is good!
hahahah so true!
I have a few vegan friends who would love this recipe. I looks yummy.
it tastes yummy too!
Pasta is a favourite in our house. Can’t wait to try this recipe, sounds easy yet delicious!
easy and delicious! My favorite combo!
You had me at marinara and cheese! I love Italian foods for this reason so this pasta bake looks delicious. I think if I subbed the mushrooms for something else then everyone in my family would love this, including my picky-eater boys!
oh heck ya! Substitute away!
Are you a fan of pasta?: I sure am! I could eat pasta every day.
Do you cook extra for leftovers?: Sometimes. Since it’s just me and my husband, we usually have leftovers anyway, but I have doubled recipes just to have extra to freeze.
hahaha my husband doesn’t like pasta so I cook extra for leftovers just for me!