Pasta has always been a favourite. I remember my mom made it in a ‘desi’ way, that is like adding the boiled pasta to cooked vegetables with usual seasoning and spices. And we enjoyed it a lot. Then later my mom used to make a white sauce and add the boiled pasta to it with salt and pepper and that version became my favourite. I still make it that way sometimes. But this time I tried baking it with some vegetables and nuts along with some herbs. We liked it , but it never matched the taste of pasta with white sauce version. But still, this one is more healthier with less of fat.
Preheat the oven to 180c.Boil the pasta shells along with some salt. Drain the water and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic and cook till translucent. Then add the other vegetables and the nuts along with herbs and little salt. Cook till the vegetables are a little tender.
Now grease a baking dish with butter. Sprinkle the lemon rind on it if you are using. Then add a layer of pasta. Then add a vegetable layer over it. Then a layer of pasta again followed by a layer of vegetable again.
Now at this point , you can sprinkle some mozarella cheese on it. (I just added little cheese spread on it for the cheesy taste.)