Italian oven-baked penne

Eat a rainbow in this delish veggie pasta bake. Easy and quick as anything!

Use wholewheat pasta or a half-half mix if you’re not quite there yet.

Try not to make more than you need cos it’s seriously too good!

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Servings: 4
Servings: 4


  • 2 courgettes, quartered lengthways then chopped into chunks
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • about 20 baby tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tin of Italian tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • glug of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of dried mixed herbs
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • pinch of sugar; don’t panic Mr Mainwairing!
  • 240g wholewheat penne pasta, or fusilli
  • 150g of strong cheddar, grated


Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water until ‘al dente’ – retaining some ‘bite’.

Lightly fry all the vegetables, starting with the onions and peppers until cooked but still a bit crunchy. Add the Italian tomatoes and chop a bit with a knife on the back or a wooden spoon (or chop before adding).

Throw in the mixed herbs and seasoning (always taste and adjust if necessary).

Stir the sauce through the drained pasta and pour into a large shallow ovenproof dish. Top with the cheddar.

Bake or grill until the cheese bubbles and goes a bit golden.

Nutrition Info

Colourful vegetables

Colourful vegetabes provide a myriad of nutrients supporting the body’s anti-inflammatory process as well as immunity. They also provide valuable fibre for a well-functioning gut. Olive oil boosts this dish’s anti-inflammatory and immune-function provision, adding cardiovascular, cognitive and bone health benefits.

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