Vegetables and cheese riccioli bake…

by Sunita on December 14, 2007

The other day, Rengoni came over and handed me a small badge belonging to the Junior Red Cross ( from my school days)… apparently it had fallen out of the packet containing bits and bobs from my past, which I had been tidying away. She then asked what I was going to do with it, and I replied that I was going to save it as I’ve done for so many years. This was followed by her wanting to know as to what will happen to it when I grow old and die…and before I could answer, she told me not to worry and offered to take it to her house and save it, after the inevitable happened … some comfort huh?!!!

Talking of comfort, all four of us dearly love our pasta…well probably most of you do as well. A bowl of hot pasta with an assortment of vegetables or with a nice sauce over it, or made as a cold salad in the summer is an ideal , comforting meal in itself. And yes, probably the best thing about pasta is that, vegetarian or non vegetarian, the possibilities are endless… and I really adore such ingredients.

I made this dish a couple of days ago with some riccioli pasta, but others like fusili or penne would do just fine. Here’s the recipe for the vegetable and cheese riccioli bake

What’s needed-

350 gms riccioli( or fusili/penne) pasta, cooked according to packet instructions
2tblsp of olive oil
2 carrots, cubed
1 onion, finely chopped
3-4 pods of garlic, finely chopped
1 C of sweetcorn
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 and 1/2 tblsp of like oregano
a pinch of crushed red chillies
200 gms of cheddar cheese, grated
2 and 1/2 -3 glasses of vegetable stock
1/2 tsp cornflour

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg cel.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion, garlic, carrots, red pepper and sweetcorn for a couple of minutes or till the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and add the oregano; cook for a couple more minutes.
  4. Add the stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Mix the cornflour with a little water and add to the pan.
  6. Add the pasta and half of the grated cheese, mix well and simmer for about a minute.
  7. Transfer everything to a deep baking dish and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top.
  8. Place the dish in the centre or the pre heated oven and bake till the cheese melts and the top is slightly browned.
  9. Serve hot on it’s own or with some fresh salad.

We had bowlfuls of the pasta on it’s own…nice and hot , straight from the oven…and like always, it disappeared in no time at all!!! So I’m sending it over to Ruth for her Presto pasta nights

Enjoy and have a nice weekend!!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ruth Daniels December 15, 2007 at 1:44 am

Lovely, lovely photos and what a glorious sounding dish. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing with Presto pasta Nights.

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2 Shweta December 15, 2007 at 4:50 am

The pictures scream YUMMMYYYY! Great recipe and lovely pictures!

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3 Nags December 15, 2007 at 6:58 am

lovely pics. and the dish sounds yummy. i wanted to try baked pasta once myself!

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4 RAKS KITCHEN December 15, 2007 at 7:26 am

Super sunita!looks colourful!love the way you highlight the ingredients!

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5 sunita December 15, 2007 at 11:06 am

Ruth, thanks…glad you like it…I enjoyed participating..

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6 sunita December 15, 2007 at 11:10 am

shweta, thanks…glad you dropped by…

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7 Nupur December 15, 2007 at 11:35 am

That is simply the perfect dinner on this snowy day! Just looking at the picture is warming me up.

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8 sunita December 15, 2007 at 11:41 am

nags, thanks…try this…you might like it :-)

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9 sunita December 15, 2007 at 11:43 am

raks kitchen,thanks…hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

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10 sunita December 15, 2007 at 11:45 am

nupur, so it’s snowing in your neck of the woods…we usually do not face the extreme weather and not that much of snowfall…and definitely not at this time of the year glad you like the dish.

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11 Happy cook December 15, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Pasta is always welcome in my household.
Love the dish.
Yeah i know when my daughter was little she used to say she will take things over frm me when i am no longer there ;-) )))

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12 Rachel December 15, 2007 at 1:46 pm

That is a lovely bake! I love anything to do with pasta..and this has cheese, so it all the more becomes my fav…

Whewwww! great pics again! Tired of complimenting you regarding your pics!!! :) ))

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13 Red Chillies December 15, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Looks awesome Sunita and with your awesome pictures, everything gets kicked up by a notch.

What a sweet talk with your daughter. They are so unoblivious that even the deepest subject seems so innocent coming out of their mouth :-)

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14 srivalli December 15, 2007 at 5:10 pm

sunita..you make a simple one look so beautiful and drool worthy!

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15 sunita December 15, 2007 at 9:25 pm

happy cook, we too love pasta…and yes kids will be kids :-)

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16 sunita December 15, 2007 at 9:31 pm

rachel,thanks…we too are pasta lovers…as for the pictures,please do keep the encouragement coming in…still a long way to go :-)

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17 sunita December 15, 2007 at 9:40 pm

red chillies,thanks…well, I’m still teaching myself…and yes, children give such simple interpretations of life.

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18 sunita December 15, 2007 at 9:45 pm

srivalli, thanks…am still learning the ropes :-)

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19 Suganya December 15, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Thats grown-up mac & cheese, huh? Love the cheesy bake. Cornflour + water works really well in place of eggs.

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20 Namratha December 16, 2007 at 6:43 am

Lovely recipe and perfect picture to represent the same! And that was sooo thoughtful of dear Rengoni to assure you she would take care of it…so very sweet of her!!

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21 sunita December 16, 2007 at 10:14 am

suganya, it’s one of our favourite ways of having it…a quick one pot meal :-)

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22 sunita December 16, 2007 at 10:15 am

namratha, thanks…well, she does have her own ways…which I do find amusing :-)

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23 Sagari December 16, 2007 at 6:25 pm

beautifulll anf tempting pics pasta looks deleciousssss

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24 sunita December 17, 2007 at 9:05 am

sagari, thanks…hope you had nice weekend :-)

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25 Laavanya December 17, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Baked pasta is something I love. Looks gorgeous.

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26 sunita December 17, 2007 at 8:44 pm

laavanya, thanks…we too adore this dish…

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27 TBC December 19, 2007 at 12:37 am

How good does that look, Sunita!! I love pasta and have made many pasta dishes. Have not yet tried a baked pasta …

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28 sunita December 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm

tbc, thanks…we make baked pasta quite often…one of our favourites :-)

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29 vegeyum December 23, 2007 at 4:15 am

I really love that last photo. It is very good. The dish looks so yummy.

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30 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:48 pm

vegeyum, thanks…it did taste good, if I may say do myself…as for the picture, I’m still a novice, teaching myself, so thanks again for the appreciation :-)

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31 Lakshmi December 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Sunita, I made this last night and it came out beautiful. My daughter loves pasta but she can get real moody with it sometimes. But she loved it last night and took it to her school also today. She hugged me and said “Oh..Mummy, its so yummy”. What better feeling for a mom that your child complimenting you. We liked the baked pasta more than just the heating and mixing one.
But 1 thing, I didnt know how long to bake it in the oven. I generally just put on the timer. And this time I kept it for about 15 mins and watching it the whole time so I dont burn it, because I didnt add too much cheese. Should I have kept it longer or lesser than that?

Lakshmi, that is so touching..I’m so glad to have made your li’l lady happy.

As for the timing, I think 15 minutes is enough. Usually, I just wait till the cheese melts and the top turns brown.

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32 Lakshmi December 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Ok. Thanks for confirming Sunita. Wow, that was super fast reply.

You’re most welcome…I just happened to be at the laptop :-)

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