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Mediterranean Vegan Pasta Bake

by Alessia Papakis
on 20th October 2019
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There’s nothing better than a quick and simple pasta bake for a weekday dinner! A simple tomato sauce where you can throw in all your leftover veg topped with a bit of cheese for flavour. So satisfying!! I also love this recipe for weekday lunch boxes or even better saving my leftovers for a picnic! A perfect meat free dish!

Mediterranean Vegan Pasta Bake

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  • 150g uncooked wholemeal penne pasta
  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 heaped tbsp olives
  • 1 heaped tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil (or a handful of chopped basil)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • A dash of chilli flakes (optional)
  • A handful of spinach
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Additional vegetables of your choice such as mushrooms or courgettes (optional)
  • Vegan mozzarella - or any cheese will do!
Prep Time


  1. Cook your pasta as per pack instructions

  2. Select Saute on your Ninja Foodi and heat a drizzle of olive oil on a medium-high heat in your ceramic pot

  3. Add your onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers, and stir whilst cooking for 5 minutes

  4. At this point if you want to add any vegetables such as mushrooms, courgette etc. to the pot and cook with your onion mixture for a further 5 minutes

  5. Add your herbs followed by the tomato puree and tinned tomatoes

  6. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes

  7. Add your balsamic vinegar, a dash of chilli flakes (optional) and your spinach, and stir until it’s weltered

  8. Add your cooked pasta and give it a good mix

  9. Pour into a round oven proof dish, tear up some sundried tomatoes and place on top followed by your sliced vegan mozzarella or shredded cheese

  10. Give your ceramic pot a quick rinse then place your round oven proof dish on the reversible rack and place back in the Foodi. Select the bake function, set to 160 for 6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is browned

  11. Serve and enjoy

Alessia Papakis

Hi I'm Alessia! I created Lessi's World to share a little part of me, my passion towards no-nonsense wellness and encourage a positive relationship around food. Whilst on my own health journey I realised so many of us are unaware of the options available or find it hard to have balance because of what we're told and what we see. I love to share all things food to help give you ideas and spread little reminders that body confidence is for everyone!
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