Rotini Casserole With Roasted Veggies

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

I am not going to post a salad recipe today. It’s the regular pasta recipe with cheese. (Finally huh?)  I wanted to post  Thanksgiving meal recipes last year but it didn’t happen. Thanksgiving Vegetarian recipes are super simple and I do prepare couple of them on day to day basis and I don’t know what kept me from posting them in my blog. So this year I am starting my Thanksgiving meal ideas and recipes. So today I am starting with the main course recipe and my kiddos favorite – roasted veggie pasta casserole.  Stay tuned for turkey free vegetarian thanksgiving recipes. 

I am the odd man out in my family. I don’t have sweet tooth like other family members and I don’t like summer either. I do love the fact that summer has more daylight but I am a winter person. I enjoy the Margazhi months in India and every year during Margazhi I used to do the big rangolis and color them too. I have never missed a single year till my high school.  Once I started my hostel life things did change but still I love those morning bhajans and Carnatic music. I did learn the entire Tirupaavai and now I remember only first 10. Sighhhh. 

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

After coming to US I fell in love with the winters in California. (Note that word Calif. I cannot survive in east coast man). The malls and streets are decorated for the holiday season. I love the smell of apple cider, cinnamon, sage and thyme and of course the shopping spree, I can keep adding to this list. Coming to Thanksgiving, according to Wiki – Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

We have thanksgiving meal at our work places and as we have quite number of vegetarians there will always be vegetarian options.  All the recipes that I am going to post this week and next week are inspired from those meals. I got the base recipes are from my friends and colleagues and I modified it according to our taste and made it turkey free. Before starting the thanksgiving series, I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues and also all the readers for your support. Hope you enjoy this series.

Here is the pasta casserole recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Tricolor Rotini – 2 cups
  • Water for cooking the pasta.
  • Veggies of your choice. This is what I used
    • Zucchini – 1
    • Colored Bell Peppers – ½ cup roughly chopped (We love bell peppers and you can find them in all my pasta recipes)
    • Mushrooms – 4-5 roughly chopped
    • Shallots – 3 to 4  roughly chopped
    • Fresh Basil Leaves – 10 roughly chopped
    • Tomato – 1 roughly chopped
    • Olives for decoratation
  • Heavy Cream / Milk – ½ cup
  • Cheddar Cheese (cheese of your choice) – ½ cup
  • Salt – ½ tsp + ½ tsp
  • Garlic Infused Olive Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Oil – ½ tsp for cooking pasta + ½ tsp for greasing the casserole dish.
  • Ground Pepper – 1 tsp

Steps:

  • Cook the pasta aldente according the package directions.

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  • I added the half tsp of salt and oil in the water. 
  • While the pasta is getting cooked, preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  • Chop the veggies and place them in cookie tray covered with aluminium foil or cookie sheet.
  • Add the 1 tbsp. oil, salt and pepper. Mix them well.

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  • Bake them for 15 minutes. (As we are going to bake again, even if the veggies are half done its ok.)

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

  • Now we our pasta and roasted veggies are ready. We need to arrange and bake again with cheese.
  • Grease the casserole dish or bread pan and start layering the pastas and veggies.

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

  • I did one pasta layer and one veggie layer and continued.
  • Before adding the cheese, add the heavy cream or milk. This ensures the pasta retains the moisture.

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

  • Now add the cheese and bake it again for 25 minutes at 350degree F.

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

Ooyi gooyi bubbly pasta casserole is ready – a perfect main dish for Thanksgiving.         RotiniCasseroleWithRoastedVeggies

 

Rotini Casserole With Roasted Veggies
Serves 3
Kids Friendly Rotini Casserole with Roasted Veggies loaded with the goodness of cheese and heavy cream. A great way to sneak in vegetables and this can be a perfect thanksgiving main course meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. Tricolor Rotini – 2 cups
  2. Water for cooking the pasta.
  3. Veggies of your choice. This is what I used
  4. Zucchini – 1
  5. Colored Bell Peppers – ½ cup roughly chopped (We love bell peppers and you can find them in all my pasta recipes)
  6. Mushrooms – 4-5 roughly chopped
  7. Shallots – 3 to 4 roughly chopped
  8. Fresh Basil Leaves – 10 roughly chopped
  9. Tomato – 1 roughly chopped
  10. Heavy Cream / Milk – ½ cup
  11. Cheddar Cheese (cheese of your choice) – ½ cup
  12. Salt – ½ tsp + ½ tsp
  13. Garlic Infused Olive Oil – 1 tbsp.
  14. Oil – ½ tsp for cooking pasta + ½ tsp for greasing the casserole dish.
  15. Ground Pepper – 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta aldente according the package directions.
  2. I added the half tsp of salt and oil in the water.
  3. While the pasta is getting cooked, preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  4. Chop the veggies and place them in cookie tray covered with aluminium foil or cookie sheet.
  5. Add the 1 tbsp. oil, salt and pepper. Mix them well.
  6. Bake them for 15 minutes. (As we are going to bake again, even if the veggies are half done its ok.)
  7. Now we our pasta and roasted veggies are ready. We need to arrange and bake again with cheese.
  8. Grease the casserole dish or bread pan and start layering the pastas and veggies.
  9. I did one pasta layer and one veggie layer and continued.
  10. Before adding the cheese, add the heavy cream or milk. This ensures the pasta retains the moisture.
  11. Now add the cheese and bake it again for 25 minutes at 350degree F.
Notes
  1. You can add veggies of your choice.
  2. Instead of regular tomatoes colored cherry tomatoes can be used.
  3. Any small pasta would work for this casserole.
  4. Bread crumbs can be added while baking the casserole.
Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen http://www.vidhyashomecooking.com/
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