Roasted Vegetable & Pasta Bake

Presented by: Paula Nemzek

A make-this-again family favorite, with a topping like a crunchy un-blended pesto. Roasting the veggies in advance gives this dish a rich flavor base.

serves 8-10


  • 2 medium eggplants (13/4 to 2 pounds total), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted, and roughly chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 pound rigatoni or similar pasta, such as penne
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded or cut in small cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Put a large pot of water on to boil.

To a very large mixing bowl, add prepared eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and garlic. Drizzle veggies with oil, toss to coat, and transfer to a large rimmed nonstick baking sheet (or spray a regular sheet with nonstick spray). Save the bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until tender, about 35 minutes, stirring once at the halfway mark. When you remove the veggies from the oven, lower heat to 350 degrees.

For the topping, in a bowl combine 2/3 cup basil, 1/2 cup Parmesan, pine nuts and one-third of the garlic. Set aside.

In the same bowl used for the veggies, blend tomatoes with half-and-half, the tomato paste, and the remaining basil and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook rigatoni just until al dente, usually 2 minutes less than recommended on the package. Drain and add noodles to the tomato mixture. Toss with the roasted veggies and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan

Transfer mixture to a big roaster pan (about 10 x 14 inches, the next size up from a 9 x 13), and sprinkle with mozzarella and topping mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving with a nice green salad.


In the directions where it says "To a very large mixing bowl, add prepared eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and garlic," it should stipulate that you will use only 1/3 of garlic (2 cloves)here. It would be less confusing, I think.

Hi J ~ Here is that roasted vegetable pasta bake recipe from KCTS9. When are you coming again? Got a couple pieces of mail for you guys. One is from the Post Office. Hope to see you soon. ~ J


I'm making this for the second time in 2 weeks! It'll be one of my go-to recipes for guests.


This looks absolutely delicious. What's not to like. It would be great if it would be possible to include the nutritional content in these recipes, so one would have some idea if accompaniment in the way of another food group is needed to make a meal.
Keep up the good work!

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