- Ingredients for veggie pasta bake
- How to cook pasta in instant pot?
- Do you cook vegetables before putting in casserole?
- How to bake pasta casserole in the oven?
- What temperature to bake pasta?
- How long to bake pasta bake?
- What to serve with vegetable pasta bake?
- How do you store pasta bake in the fridge?
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Vegetable pasta casserole is an easy cheesy dish to make for dinner, special occasion, game days, potlucks or when you need to feed a crowd.
This cheesy veggie pasta bake is loaded with vegetables and full of flavor. It can be made in under an hour from start to finish with little prep work.
Ingredients for veggie pasta bake
As the name suggests veggie pasta bake uses a variety of vegetables and pasta. You can use at hand veggies such as mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, onions, baby corn, and zucchini.
Any type of pasta like penne, farfalle, rigatoni, shells, or elbow macaroni can be used to make vegetable pasta casserole.
Cheese is an important ingredient to make baked pasta casserole. I personally like to use a combination of mozerrella, cheddar, and pepper jack to make it a little spicy.
Any pasta is incomplete without olive oil which is used to coat cooked pasta and for roasting vegetables.
How to cook pasta in instant pot?
Once I started using my instant pot to cook pasta, I have never used the traditional method of cooking it on the stovetop in boiling water.
I just love how convenient it is to cook pasta in the instant pot and how easy it is to make a variety of pasta dishes like baked broccoli pasta, mac and cheese, vegetable lo mein, pasta soup to name a few.
For cooking pasta in the instant pot, a ratio of 1 cup pasta to 1 cup of water works perfectly fine. With this ratio, there is usually no need to drain any excess water as there is none left.
For this recipe, I have cooked 1 lb or 4 cups of pasta with 4 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt. There is no need to add any oil while cooking pasta.
I like the pasta al dente and specifically for baked pasta, you don't want over cooked pasta as it continues to bake in the oven. Pressure cooking pasta for zero minutes works perfectly fine.
After closing and locking the instant pot lid, select high-pressure mode and reduce the time by pressing the minus (-) sign until it shows 0. Ensure that you turn the "keep warm" setting on to know how long it has been since pasta was cooked.
Once the instant pot will come to pressure, it will turn off. Allow the pressure to release naturally for about 4-5 minutes and then slowly release the pressure in a controlled way by moving the pressure knob to the venting position.
If you see starch coming out then move the knob to the sealing position, wait for about 10-15 seconds and again release the pressure by moving to the venting position. Continue this process until all the pressure is released and the silver pin drops.
Add some olive oil and coat the pasta by mixing it gently. This will prevent pasta from sticking to each other.
Do you cook vegetables before putting in casserole?
Vegetables are roasted in a preheated air fryer at 390 °F for about 8 minutes. The timing may vary depending on the quantity of the veggies and also on your preference.
If you like well done and more roasted veggies, you can cook them a little longer. If you like some crunch then you can cook them accordingly.
Roasting the vegetables in the air fryer while the pasta is being cooked in the instant pot saves a lot of time and manual effort of roasting on the stovetop.
If you prefer, you can also roast the veggies in the oven at 400 °F for about 10 minutes. As you are already going to use the oven for baking the casserole, you can roast the veggies in the oven too.
How to bake pasta casserole in the oven?
Once the pasta is cooked in the instant pot and the veggies are roasted, you can preheat the oven to 350 °F. While you are preparing the casserole dish, the oven will be preheated.
In a casserole dish, pour half the amount of pasta and level it. Top it with some shredded cheese and then layer the remaining pasta on the top of the cheese.
Now cover the pasta with a lot of cheese and depending on your preference. I like to use a combination of cheese like cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack for spiciness.
Finally, bake the casserole in the oven until the cheese melts and becomes bubbly and slightly brown.
What temperature to bake pasta?
All the ingredients including pasta and veggies are already cooked, vegetable pasta casserole is baked in a preheated oven at 350 °F.
The cheese will melt and become bubbly with a few brown spots. Baking at a higher temperature can make pasta and cheese lose their moisture.
How long to bake pasta bake?
All the ingredients in the vegetable pasta casserole are already cooked. Baking the casserole helps all the cheese to melt and it usually takes about 20-30 minutes for it to melt and brown.
What to serve with vegetable pasta bake?
How do you store pasta bake in the fridge?
Any leftover veggie pasta bake can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. When you are ready to serve, you can either reheat it in the microwave or in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350 °F.
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Vegetable Pasta Casserole
For roasted veggies
Cook pasta in the instant pot
- Put pasta, water, and salt in the instant pot liner.
- Close and lock the lid with the pressure knob in the sealing position and 'keep warm' setting on.
- Cook on high-pressure mode for 0 (zero) minutes.
- Allow the pressure to release for about 4 minutes.
- Release the remaining pressure in a controlled manner by moving the pressure knob in the venting position.
- Add the olive oil and give it a mix to ensure all the pasta is coated with oil.
Roast veggies in the air fryer
Bake pasta casserole in the oven
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F with the rack at mid-level.
- Add all the roasted veggies and pasta sauce to the cooked pasta.
- Pour half of the above pasta into a casserole.
- Lightly sprinkle some cheese to form a layer.
- Layer the remaining pasta on top of the cheese.
- Cover the pasta with cheese.
- Bake the pasta casserole for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and becomes golden brown.