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Mediterranean Pasta Bake

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat!  My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

Well hello friends!

It’s pre-Friday coming up on a holiday weekend.  That requires some dancing in my book…

… and pasta.

A Mediterranean Pasta Bake, to be exact.

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

I’m not sure why it involves pasta but basically I’ll use any excuse to make a good pasta dish.

Especially holiday weekends.

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

The good news is I’ve health-i-fied this one so you can eat if without as much guilt.

I’ve packed it with fresh herbs and healthy Mediterranean veggies…

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

..a giant pile of spinach…

(just like popeye…)

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

… and chickpeas.

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

The chickpeas take the place of some of the pasta (more protein!) and the pasta itself is a nutty whole grain variety.

I mix in reduced fat mozzarella and top it with salty (reduced fat) feta cheese.

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

The end result comes out of the oven as a delicious vitamin packed meal… totally disguised as a boring old pasta bake.

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

The trick is going to be only eating one serving- it’s just that good!

This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.

5 from 2 votes
Mediterranean Pasta Bake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
This light, healthier and vegetarian pasta bake recipe is a yummy treat! My Mediterranean Pasta Bake will have everyone at the table coming back for seconds.
Course: Dinner, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Ingredients
  • 1/2 box whole wheat penne pasta about 7 1/2 ounces
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 cloves
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 6 oz jar marinated artichokes chopped
  • 1 16 oz can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ladle of pasta water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 9 oz package of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella
  • 6 ounces of crumbled or cubed feta
  • optional: 1/4 cup olives
  • garnish: additional basil leaves
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray
  2. Cook pasta according to directions on box. Cooking for 1 minute less than package says. You want a slight bite still in the pasta.
  3. Drain, reserving one ladle of pasta water.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until tender (Approx 3-5 minutes.) Add the garlic but be careful not to burn. Sautee until fragrant for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the artichokes, garbanzo beans, basil, oregano, tomato paste, pasta water, salt and pepper. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes or until well combined.
  6. Add the spinach to the mixture. It will look like a ton at first, but carefully stir with the other ingredients and it will wilt down.
  7. As soon as the spinach is wilted mix the veggie mix with the pasta. Add the all of the mozzarella and half of the feta.
  8. Pour the mixture in the casserole dish and top with the rest of the feta.
  9. Cover with foil and cook for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil and cook for another 5.
  11. If desired you can turn on the broiler for a few minutes to get a brown crust on the cheese.
Recipe Notes

If you serve with a salad you will get 6 servings.

Have a glorious day friends!

Tomorrow is Fashion Friday and I’m sharing an adorable maxi dress that you can wear almost anywhere!

I’m sharing this recipe for Foodie Friday, Meatless Monday with Tina and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie.  Also the Weekend Potluck and Full Plate Thursday with Miz Helen.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

I’m also Thinking Out Loud about pasta and the long weekend!  Thanks Amanda!

Your turn!

What is your favorite excuse to eat pasta?

By | 2018-06-28T14:26:20-04:00 May 21st, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Vegetarian Meals|21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Miz Helen May 27, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply


    Your Mediterranean Pasta Bake looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch May 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    This looks awesome — I love the addition of artichokes. I don’t use them nearly enough! And you beefed up the protein with some chickpeas…genius!

    • JulieWunder May 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lauren. It’s a great way to eat pasta without ALL THE PASTA. 🙂

  3. Danyelle Musselman May 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I don’t eat much pasta, but this looks so good I might have to make an exception!

    • JulieWunder May 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      I used whole wheat AND subbed out half the pasta for beans to keep down the carb-a-crazy factor 🙂

  4. ooh you had me at pasta bake! Yummy

  5. Jamie May 21, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply


    I LOVE pasta before a long run (standard), after a tough day (comfort food), or just because I want it 🙂 Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

    • JulieWunder May 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Me too! I feel like I might make way too many excuses to eat pasta… but that’s how I roll!

  6. Lo @ Travel the Unbeaten Path May 21, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Holy moly this looks so good (and easy!) adding it to my Pinterest just about now, and can’t wait to try it!

  7. Annmarie May 21, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

    This looks super yummy! My mom would love it, pinned for later!

    • JulieWunder May 21, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Annmarie! You could do gluten free pasta????

  8. Dan Steadman May 21, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

    wow looks good…love some Mediterranean food

  9. Jess @hellotofit May 21, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Pasta bakes are so delicious – I haven’t made one in a while!

    • JulieWunder May 21, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Me either! This one hit the spot and only used half the pasta as my old version thanks to the extra veggies and beans.

  10. Blane Sherer May 21, 2015 at 6:55 am - Reply

    The Holiday weekend will be here soon !
    Hope you enjoy it !

  11. We love Medittanean food and especially anything with feta! Yum!

    • JulieWunder May 21, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Feta makes everything betta!!! 🙂 Have a great day!

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