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    Garden Fresh Pasta Bake

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    40 mins

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    Lizzymommy's Note:

    Originally from the back of a pasta sauce jar, this recipe has become our go-to pasta bake! An absolute favorite, chockfull of veggies and luscious cheese.

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    • 16 ounces pasta, shapes (bowties, rotini, rigatoni, whatever you have on hand)
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 zucchini, sliced in thin half-moons (1 green, 1 yellow if you like things pretty!)
    • 6 large mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 carrot, finely diced
    • 10 -16 ounces Baby Spinach, sliced
    • 26 ounces pasta sauce
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half (or heavy cream or fat free half and half)
    • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)


    1. 1
      Cook the pasta as directed. Preheat oven to 375.
    2. 2
      In a very large pan, heat olive oil and saute zucchini until browned. Add mushrooms and carrot and cook until mushrooms are softened. Add spinach, cook until wilted.
    3. 3
      Pour pasta sauce the pan, heat through. Sprinkle parmesan on top of vegetable mixture, swirl in half and half. Stir in 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella. Remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Toss cooked pasta with vegetable mixture. Put into a greased casserole dish (I use a 9x13 pan) and top with remaining 2 cups of mozzarella.
    5. 5
      Bake until cheese browns, about 20-30 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 31, 2009


      I love this meal! It is fantastic food. I'd love to know if anyone has tried to freeze it.

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    • on April 11, 2009


      Very tasty! I did make some changes though. I added broccoli and omitted the parmesan (offering it as an option for a topper). I also used soy milk instead of half-and-half and used about 2 cups of shredded mozzarella. Very good recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Garden Fresh Pasta Bake

    Serving Size: 1 (223 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 326.7
    Calories from Fat 107
    Total Fat 11.9 g
    Saturated Fat 5.6 g
    Cholesterol 29.5 mg
    Sodium 566.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 7.5 g
    Protein 15.7 g

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