Vegetarian: Vegetarian Dishes: Mushroom, Tomato and Cheese Pasta Bake

For a great family meal, try this easy-to-prepare pasta dish.

Author: Fresh Finesse
Date: September 10, 2010

Suggestions: Note: This recipe's ingredients have been adjusted from the original Australian measures to the U.S. measures.

Serves: 8 person(s)
Yield: 8 x approx. 1 cup servings

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins


    10 1/2 oz uncooked penne pasta
    1 coating of olive oil spray
    1 lb mushrooms, sliced
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    16 oz reduced-sodium tomato based pasta sauce
    2 1/2 oz bocconcini, halved (Italian cheese balls)
    1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
    1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
    1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
    1 coating of olive oil spray (for topping)


    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water, until al dente, following package directions.

    Meanwhile, spray a large frying pan with olive oil spray and set on high heat. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook, stirring often for 4 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are golden. Set aside.

    Drain pasta and return to the saucepan or bowl. Add mushrooms, pasta sauce, bocconcini, and parsley. Stir well to combine. Season with black pepper.

    Spoon pasta mixture into a 10-cup capacity deep baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan. Sprinkle over the pasta mixture. Spray lightly with olive oil spray. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bread crumbs are golden.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:270 cals
Kilojoules:117 kJ
Fat:6.3 g
Carbohydrates:44.2 g
Protein:10.7 g
Cholesterol:5.4 mg
Sodium:291 mg
Saturated Fat:1.5 g
Fiber:3.2 g
Calcium:99.0 mg
Total Sugars:4.8 g

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