This vegetable pasta bake is so hearty, no one will even care that it’s meatless. Flavorful roasted vegetables and protein packed lentil pasta are tossed in a rich pesto marinara sauce. Baked with a topping of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, this gluten free vegetarian casserole is sure to become a family favorite.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Cook pasta according to package instructions, but drain 5 minutes early. Noodles will continue cooking in the casserole.
Chop your vegetables to slightly smaller than bite sized pieces and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Leave garlic cloves whole in their peel. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Roast vegetables at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes, until tender and lightly caramelized.
Mix roasted vegetables with cooked pasta in a large bowl.
Add marinara sauce and pesto sauce to pasta and vegetables. Mix well.
Mix in two cups of mozzarella cheese.
Pour the mix into a baking dish.
Top vegetable pasta bake with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F. Casserole is done when cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving for a pop of color.
If you'd like to make the casserole in advance, follow all the steps up until cooking the complete casserole. Cover and refrigerate. When ready, cook 35 minutes at 450 degrees F.
If you'd like to freeze the casserole you can thaw before cooking and cook for 35 minutes at 450 degrees F. Or you can cook from frozen. To cook from frozen, cover with foil and cook 40 minutes at 450 degrees F. Then uncover and cook another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.