Tonight we wanted to make something lazy, but fancied something more than just a good tomato sauce on our pasta, so we added loads of roast vegetables, topped with a cheezy sauce, and baked in the oven.
I loved this recipe, it was so yummy! The cheezy sauce gave both brown crispiness and a moist creaminess. I would therefore recommend the sauce topping method (instead of grated cheese) to any non-vegan readers too!
This recipe has a lot in common with our ultimate vegan lasagne, but is quite a lot less effort as you just stir everything together then top with cheezy sauce.
You will need:
- Various vegetables for roasting (we used 1 courgette, 1 head of brocolli, 1 small onion and 4 tomatoes).
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- 1 batch of John’s simple tomato sauce, made with 2 cans of tomatoes.
- 3 fresh chillis, sliced.
- 1 batch of vegan cheezy sauce.
- 1 bag of dried pasta (or you could make fresh pasta).
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and put your vegetables in to roast by chopping into bite-sized pieces and drizzling with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. The tomatoes added a wonderful tang (I cut them into wedges). Roast vegetables are extra yummy. Roast them until well browned (at least 20 minutes).
Tip: remember to keep checking the vegetables to avoid burning. Give them a stir to turn them and re-distribute the oil.
2. Make a batch of John’s simple tomato sauce, reducing until it is lovely and thick. Add the chopped chillies at the same time as the tinned tomatoes.
3. Cook your pasta until it is soft but just a little ‘al dente’. Drain and rinse with boiling water.
4. While the pasta is cooking, make a batch of cheezy sauce. This will be your topping.
5. When everything is ready, take a deep baking tray and combine the
pasta, tomato sauce, and roast vegetables, stirring until everything is well coated in the tomato sauce.
6. Spread the cheezy sauce all over the top of the pasta, then bake in the oven until the top is brown and crispy.
The longer you are willing to wait, the more lovely brown crispiness you will get!
Please let me know in the comments what you think makes the best combination of vegetables for this recipe!