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Pasta Bake - a sunny meat-free dinner

Updated on June 17, 2015
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Pasta, egg & cheese bake - meat-free dinner recipe

We call this our 'sunny supper dish' because of its lovely bright colors.

It's very easy to make and combines some of our very favorite foods - cheese, eggs and pasta - to make a delicious dinner in no time.

It takes only a few minutes to assemble this dish and then I can leave it in the oven for about ten or fifteen minutes while I enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine.

I like to make dishes that use items that I normally have in stock. One of the reasons for this is that when I ran a health food store, I was often being asked by customers 'what do vegetarians eat?' In most cases, this was because a young son or daughter had suddenly announced that they intended to eat a meat-free diet. I spent a lot of time explaining to these moms that veggies (especially those who still eat eggs and dairy products) don't need any special ingredients other than those everyone has to hand.

They were relieved to know this, and also to find out that they didn't have to spend money on 'special' foods.


Simple, everyday ingredients

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To serve two people

  • 2 fresh eggs
  • 6 oz. pasta
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 - 3 scallions | spring onions
  • 2 oz. cheese
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh oregano leaves

Preparation

OVEN & PAN

Preheat the oven to 425°. Place a large pan on the hob three quarters filled with water. When the water is boiling, add the pasta. If you use salt in cooking (I don't) then season accordingly. By the way, I have found that it's a fallacy that pouring a little olive oil into a pan of cooking pasta prevents the pasta from sticking. If you keep the water at a rolling boil, there won't be a sticking problem. Cook the pasta until al dente.

Teen Cuisine: New Vegetarian
Teen Cuisine: New Vegetarian

Do you have a new vegetarian in the family? Get plenty of inspiration from the excellent cookbook that concentrates on good, plain but fresh and healthy ingredients. Even old timer veggies like me can find some great ideas in this book.

 
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ONIONS

Using scissors, snip the onions into a small bowl.

TOMATO

Chop the tomato and add this to the bowl also. Sprinkle with freshly-ground black pepper.

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PASTA

When the pasta is cooked - but still has plenty of bite - drain in a sieve. Remove the pan from the heat. Rinse the pasta under running hot water to remove any starches. (Note: I don't do this if I'm adding a sauce because the starch will help to thicken the sauce itself). Decant the cooked pasta back into the pan an mix in the tomato / onion / peppers. The heat that remains in the pan will warm them through - there's no need to cook them.

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EGGS

Separate the eggs putting the white in one bowl and the lovely yellow yolks in another. The best way to do this is with an egg separator but if you're careful. you can do this by hand but breaking the egg over the large bowl and transferring the contents from on half-shell to the other. The yolks will remain in the shell and the white will fall into the bowl. Be sure to give the eggs a thorough wipe with a cloth first! Using a hand whisk or electric mixer, beat the whites until they are fluffy. Mix the yolks in the small bowl.

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Bake

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ASSEMBLE THE DISH

Place the pasta and vegetables in an ovenproof dish. Fold the egg yolks into the whipped whites and pour the mixture over the pasta. Bake for about ten minutes until the egg is becoming set. Remove the dish from the oven and add the grated cheese. Return it to the oven until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

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Serve!

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Serve your sunshine on a plate with green salad leaves and enjoy!

Further reading

Living Vegetarian For Dummies
Living Vegetarian For Dummies

Being vegetarian can be very complicated indeed.

Veggies range from people like me who don't eat meat but will occasionally eat fish or someone like my other half who would touch meat or fish but is fine with eggs and cheese, though to vegans who won't touch anything that involves and animal in any way, shape or form. Animal by products can find their way into the most innocent-seeming foods too.

It depends on your reasons for not eating meat. It may be that you, like me, object to the way the meat industry wastes the planet's resources.

Animal welfare might be your concern. It could be simply that you're looking for a healthier lifestyle. Or it may be a combination of several factors.

This book will help you make sense of this confusing - but important - issue.

 

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Cheese and pasta. Gasp that is pure heaven in a recipe.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @StrongMay: That's wonderful! Thank you so much:)

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      @StrongMay: Ok, I made it today for lunch. It is a delicious tastebud teaser! There are so many different textures and tastes mixed together. It is fun to eat, easy to make, and extremely photogenic! I love it!

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious! And you have awesome, mouth-watering pictures. Like suepogson, I have to wait until tomorrow to do proper shopping (I'm out of cheese and onions).

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      This has made me really hungry! And I've no cheese! And it's night-time in the El Salvadoran countryside - clean out of 7/11s! How can I wait till morning? (sigh). Great, mouthwatering lens!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LauraHofman: You can't, you're right :)

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Wow - mouthwatering photos! How can you go wrong with pasta, eggs, and cheese?

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      vicky71 4 years ago

      Yummy ...Super Sunny..Love it

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @socialcx1: No but I will :)

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Wow this is a great lens because it's got my mouth watering. Have you written you own cookbook yet?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @hmommers: Thank you so much! I'm sure that it would be delicious without the onions too :)

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Apart from the onions I love this dish without even having tasted it yet!Great pictures too :-)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @AcornOakForest: It's really good!

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      Shamim Rajabali 4 years ago from Texas

      So easy. A must try.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: What a lovely comment - thank you!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This is a beautifully photographed presentation of a tummy warming meal.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Looks and sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elyn MacInnis: What a great idea! I like the thought of chicken eating good natural foods. We like to buy organic when we can afford it - they've invariably got double yolks which is lovely!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You have great close ups here. It sounds like a great idea. In some parts of China they feed the chickens marigold petals and other yellow things to make their yolks a deeper color of yellow. I like the look - but only if it is from natural sources! Thanks for this great idea.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much, Susan!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yum! I always love the gorgeous pictures you provide with your recipes. This looks so good!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Scarlettohairy: Enjoy!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great recipe. I might have to fix this in a bit for my supper!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TolovajWordsmith: I hope that you do try it because it's very tasty but also quick and easy. Please take a good look round at my other recipes because I love to cook meals that are quick, simple to make but full of flavor :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      You made good point on starch. You have to have good reason to get rid of it. Many people rinse cooked pasta with water by default but in most cases this is not only unnecessary, it even hurt the taste of final result because starch helps to 'unify' sauce with pasta. I yet have to try your recipe to check how will pan out in my kitchen. It looks just right for hot summer days. Maybe next weekend?Thanks for the idea!