Recipe For Vegetarian Pasta Bake

Biodiversity in farming and growing organic produce will ensure our ecology is maintained in a balanced way. Eating regionally, seasonally and using sustainable produce is what I am about. Here my recipe for vegetarian pasta bake makes use of only organic products.

Organic Vegetarian Pasta Bake
Organic Vegetarian Pasta Bake
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My seven year anniversary of writing Lavender and Lime slipped by without much notice. In that time I have made my best effort to stick to my philosophy of eating as regionally as possible. We eat seasonal ingredients and I believe that this has contributed to our good health.When invited by Faithful to Nature to take part in their organic recipe challenge I was obviously interested. Together with other bloggers, all I had to do was create one vegetarian, seasonal, organic summer family meal. The recipe had to incorporate fresh produce from a retailer of my choice and pantry ingredients from Faithful to Nature. As this is the way we eat, the challenge was easily met. I chose to make a vegetarian pasta bake as the recipe can be adapted to suit the seasons.

Organic Pantry Products From Faithful to Nature
Organic Pantry Products From Faithful to Nature
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September is classified as spring and the following vegetables are in season or coming into season right now: artichokes, asparagus, aubergines (eggplants), baby marrows (courgettes/zucchini), beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut, cauliflower, corn on the cob, kale, parsnips, red onions, turnips and watercress. We are not spoilt for choice when it comes to readily accessible organic produce in Gordons Bay but on a Saturday morning there is a farmers’ market at Paardevlei and one of the local producers sells organic vegetables and fruit. I let the produce available dictate the vegetables in my dish and I added just enough to make this a generous family meal.

Organic Vegetables From Paardevlei Farmers Market
Organic Vegetables From Paardevlei Farmers Market

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Organic Vegetarian Pasta Bake
 
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This vegetarian pasta bake can be adapted to suit which ever fresh vegetables are in season
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Result: Feeds 4 very hungry adults or a family of 6
Ingredients
  • 1 medium organic butternut **
  • 15mls organic olive oil, plus extra for drizzling *
  • 15mls organic onion powder, plus extra for seasoning *
  • 500g organic spelt spirelli pasta *
  • 50g organic dried tomatoes *
  • 400g tin organic tomatoes ***
  • 5 large organic spring onions **
  • 10mls organic black cumin seeds *
  • 1 medium organic cauliflower **
  • 5mls organic turmeric *
  • 125mls organic vegetable stock ***
  • 1 large bunch of kale **
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  2. Peel and remove the seeds from the butternut and cut into bite size pieces
  3. Place into a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with onion powder
  4. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes then remove and set aside
  5. Bring a large pot of water to the boil
  6. Cook the pasta for one minute less than stated on the packet
  7. Drain and drizzle with olive oil and set aside
  8. Put the dried tomatoes into a bowl and cover with the tinned tomatoes and set aside
  9. Place 15mls olive oil into a large frying pan
  10. Add the spring onions and sauté over a medium temperature until soft
  11. Add the cumin seeds and continue to cook until you can smell the aroma from the seeds
  12. Trim and cut the cauliflower into small florets and add to the frying pan
  13. Add the onion powder, turmeric, tomatoes and stock and stir to combine
  14. Continue cooking until the cauliflower is nearly soft
  15. Roughly chop the leaves of the kale
  16. Remove the vegetables from the heat and add the kale, stirring to combine
  17. Place all the ingredients into a super large mixing bowl and stir to combine
  18. Place everything back into the roasting pan and cook in the oven for 20 minutes
  19. Remove from the oven and serve hot
My Notes
* purchased online from www.faithful-to-nature.co.za
** purchased from Paardevlei Farmers Market
*** purchased from Woolworths Gordons Bay
Eat this within 24 hours or freeze into meal portions for defrosting overnight in the fridge.

 

Organic Vegetarian Pasta Bake

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Disclosure: I was invited to take part in Faithful to Nature’s Organic Recipe Challenge by Jackie Busch of Liquidlingo Communications. I received a R1000 Faithful to Nature voucher to purchase the pantry items I needed. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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30 thoughts on “Recipe For Vegetarian Pasta Bake

  1. Wow – what a delicious and healthy recipe. My youngest has just decided to become a vegetarian, so thim might come in handy!
    Amanda (@lambsearshoney) sharing the blog ♥ Sacra di San MicheleMy Profile

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    1. I wish you luck with that Amanda 🙂

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  2. This sounds almost to healthy to eat! Except that I’m sure it tastes awesome and can’t wait to give it a go! After all it is a new year and one of my resolutions is to get healthier!

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    1. This is an extremely delicious way of doing so 🙂

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  3. What a perfect healthy but filling dish for my household of boys.
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    1. They should devour it in one sitting!

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  4. It looks so healthy and delicious. All my favourite veggies, yum! Thank you for the link as well. xx

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    1. My pleasure xox

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  5. Couldn’t agree more with your opening two sentences.

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    1. Thanks Sally 🙂

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  6. A big congratulations to you Tandy!! A very happy and delicious 7 years it has been too! 😀
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    1. Thank you Lorraine 🙂

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  7. Looks positively delicious… and healthy.

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    1. Thank you Liz 🙂

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  8. Congrats on the seven years Tandy!!! love this dish, this is the way we love to eat, seasonal and local. Beautiful meal.
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    1. Thank you Cheri 🙂

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  9. Well 7th anniversary! And a great message you work on by sharing a great organic and local to you recipe!

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    1. Thank you Evelyne 🙂

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  10. Lovely…makes me feel full of vitamins just looking at it!
    Chica Andaluza sharing the blog ♥ Three months…My Profile

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    1. That is a great result then 🙂

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  11. Yum, I love pasta bakes and I love organic products:)
    natalia20041989 sharing the blog ♥ Kiełbaski w sosie paprykowym / Sausages in Red Bell Pepper SauceMy Profile

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    1. Then this is a great dish for you 🙂

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  12. I love vegetarian pasta. And yours look super awesome, Tandy. Love the use of kale.

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    1. Thanks Anu 🙂

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  13. CONGRATS on 7 years of blogging Tandy! What a fantastic feat! And speaking of fantastic – this vegetarian pasta bake sure fits the bill!
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    1. Thanks Shashi 🙂

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  14. This sounds delicious and I’ve not used kale before in a pasta bake so I will need to try that!
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    1. Please let me know what you think of it 🙂

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  15. Looks super tasty Tandy.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo
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    1. Thanks Mandy 🙂

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