Recipe: Secret Veggie Pasta Bake


This cheesy, hidden vegetable pasta bake is perfect for someone wanting to increase their veggie intake. It's so tasty and simple to make if you have a big family and lots of hungry mouths to feed. Get your 5 a day in secretly.


  • 1 red onion, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 aubergine
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red pepper, core removed
  • 1 yellow pepper, core removed
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • 1 squeeze honey
  • 325 g sweetcorn, drained
  • 350 g penne pasta
  • 1 handful grated cheddar
Preheat the Oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Boil the Water

Step 2

Boil The Water

Heat up a large pan of slightly salted water until it boils.

Dice & Fry Off the Veggies

Step 3

Dice & Fry Off The Veggies

Dice the red onion, crush the garlic and roughly dice the aubergine, courgette and the peppers. Put all the vegetables and garlic in a medium hot pan with the oil and fry for a few minutes.

Simmer the Sauce

Step 4

Simmer The Sauce

Add the chopped tomatoes, basil, honey and seasoning and simmer for 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft and cooked.

Cook Pasta & Blitz Sauce

Step 5

Cook Pasta & Blitz Sauce

Dump the pasta in hot boiling water and boil until the pasta is just cooked, then drain. Blitz the tomato and vegetable sauce with a hand blender until smooth.

Blitz Sauce and Mix

Step 6

Blitz Sauce And Mix

Mix the sauce with the pasta, sweetcorn and tip into an ovenproof dish before sprinkling with cheese.

Bake and Serve

Step 7

Bake And Serve

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until it is hot and crispy on top. Serves 4.

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