Baked vegetable pasta

Baked vegetable pasta
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.
Baked vegetable pastaPasta 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 ...

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    Ingredients

    Pasta shells- (I used penne pasta made with durum wheat semolina)
    1 cup
    Vegetables
    Carrots- chopped thin and long
    1
    Capsicum- chopped thin and long
    1/2
    Onion- long slices
    1
    Tomato- chopped
    1
    Garlic- chopped
    1 clove
    Walnut- chopped
    1/4 cup
    Almonds- chopped
    3 to 4
    Mixed herbs
    1tsp
    Lemon rind- (optional)
    1/2tsp
    Butter for greasing the baking dish
    Canola oil- (you can use olive oil)
    1tsp
    Salt
    to taste

    Steps

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Now at this point , you can sprinkle some mozarella cheese on it. (I just added little cheese spread on it for the cheesy taste.)
    4. Bake this at 180c for 30 minutes.
    5. Mix a little when you serve. Serve warm.
    Baked vegetable pasta
    Baked vegetable pasta