Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe - No Need to Cook Pasta First!

This colourful comforting vegetable pasta dish was on the table ready to dive into in under 20 minutes; and that includes preparation.  And it was all cooked in ONE pot with no draining or need for another pan to saute the veg first, or even to cook the pasta first; bet you wouldn't believe me? Well it's all true and to find out more and for a giveaway read on!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

As part of my healthy eating plan and to lose a bit of weight for the #Jumpstart17 challenge I said I would have at least one meat free day per week.

You may have read my review of the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO - with this fantastic piece of kitchen kit you do not need to cook the pasta first; just add dry pasta straight from the packet! 
I mean how fantastic is that?

Optimum Pressure Cooker


Think how much time and washing up you save on, not to mention the mess of pots and pans everywhere.
  • I sauteed the chopped vegetables directly in the pan of the Pressure Cooker Pro.
  • I then added in a tin of tomatoes, plus herbs and seasoning along with 300 ml vegetable stock.
  • Add the dry pasta straight from the packet and pressed 'PASTA' setting.
  • 12 minutes later it was DONE and ready to serve!
Read on to enter the GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will win one of their very own Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO!
Now it's true this pasta dish wasn't actually 'baked' but you can of course add cheese (once it;s finished cooking) and close the lid again - leave for a couple of minutes and the cheese will have melted.  But as part of #Jumpstart17 I'm not having as much cheese as I usually would.

Print Recipe






Serves 2 greedy people
You will need:
olive oil
1 large onion - chopped
1 red pepper deseeded and sliced
1/2 a green pepper deseeded and sliced
1 large carrot peeled and sliced
1 stick of celery chopped
1 fat garlic clove finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 x 400g tin of good quality tomatoes
1 x Knorr vegetable stock cube disolved in 300ml hot water - OXO won't taste the same, they're a bit salty
a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or a pinch of sugar
120g pasta

How to cook in the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO:
Open the lid and turn the knob to close and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan.
Select' DEEP FRY' and set the temperature to 185C

Throw the prepared vegetables to the pan.  Stir for a couple of  a couple of minutes and add in the garlic.  Stir for a few seconds then cancel deep fry.

Now add in the chilli flakes, oregano, thyme, pepper and tomato puree then give it a quick stir.
Pour in the tin of tomatoes including the juice along with the vegetable stock and balsamic.

Sauce for Vegetable Pasta Bake

Love this bit; throw in the dried pasta straight from the packet.
Set the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO to 'PASTA' and give it a good stir and set the cooking time to 12 minutes.

No need to cook the pasta first

Close the lid and turn to the knob to 'locked' position.  Get a glass of wine and sit back while dinner looks after itself 😊 🍷

Vegetable Pasta Bake

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285 comments

  1. I would use it to cook a joint of beef. I'm sure that it would come out beautifully tender.

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  2. A lovely lamb Hot Pot I Haven't Had One Of Those For Ages :) x

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  3. i would use it to make a beef stew and dumplings would be handy for when we are work

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  4. I would cook a ham joint and then make some lentil and carrot soup using the stock!

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  5. I saw on your review that you'd made a chocolate cake, so I think a cake would be the first thing I'd try, just to see the results!

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  6. As a vegetarian, I love the look of your vegetable pasta bake actually!

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  7. i think it would be ideal for a chicken paella, easy one pot meal for the family

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  8. I would make a lovely chicken curry :-)

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  9. A beef stew, with plenty of veggies

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  10. I would make a casserole - perfect for cold winter days

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  11. The vegetable pasta bake sounds interesting!

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  12. To cook a stew made with shin of beef

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  13. I would cook leek and potato soup ♚

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  14. Definitely a beef casserole with lovely, tender beef

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  15. i would love to make a chilli with beef extra veg and kidney beans in it to warm me up

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  16. Pulled pork, with a chocolate sponge for afters!

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  17. What an amazing pasta dish - I love that you just throw it all in and pour a glass of wine 🍷 😉

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  18. I would cook a hot and spicy Chili Con Carne.

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  19. It would have to be a lovely, hearty beef stew - perfect for these cold winter evenings (and the leftovers always taste better the next day, so that's lunch covered too)

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  20. Love the idea of cooking the pasta together with the sauce. I seem to spend my life washing up! it's a clever machine.

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  21. I'm with Janice... THROW IT ALL IN AND OPEN THE WINE!!

    I'm craving pasta now!

    PS. I love that this feeds "2 greedy people"! Hahahahaha. That's me!!

    L x

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  22. i would cook a chicken cassorole perfect for the winter months :) Ann-Marie Gould

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  23. I would do a nice hot vegetable curry

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  24. I would make a lovely homemade tomato soup.

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  25. Definitely lamb shanks in stock and veg

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  26. I would cook. Big pan of beetroot to pickle and make chutney with

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  27. I would cook a good a lovely thick stew... my mum always made them in her pressure cooker (and still does) . Would love one of my own so thanks for the chance x

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  28. i would make a yummy irish lamb stew!!

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  29. I think I would cook pulled pork! :)

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  30. Id make a scrumptious sweet potato chickpea and spinach curry. Yum . Fabulous giveaway. Fingers crossed x

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  31. I would make a lovely Beef stew and dumplings

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  32. My offspring is a curry fiend so I would be on that, just waiting for my swollen glands to go down so I can swallow something that isn't liquefied!

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  33. I'd learn how to make a chicken curry.

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  34. The first thing i would make in the pressure cooker is a recipe handed down from my Mum which is 'Pork Hock & Lentil Broth' ... Yummy :) x x

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  35. Slow cooked gammon with apples

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  36. I think the first thing I'd cook would be fabulous chilli

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  37. The first thing I'd make in the pressure cooker would be a beef stew.

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  38. I would cook a yummy beef casserole with some dumplings

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  39. I'd do a gammon. Can't usually wait for all that boiling.

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  40. smoked hock and bean stew for the family

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  41. I would make soup. My mum made fabulous soup in a pressure cooker when I was little.
    What a great giveaway.

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  42. Braised oxtails, they're gorgeous!

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  43. Braised steak with tomatoes and jalopeno peppers - delicious.

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  44. Your vegetable pasta bake has inspired me, so that's definitely the first thing I'd cook! xx

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  45. I would make some pulled pork! :)

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  46. I think I'd use the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO to make a delicious lamb casserole.

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  47. it has to be a lovely warming stew with gorgeous dumplings

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  48. I would try it out with a hearty beef and bean stew.

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  49. I would experiment with a steamed sponge pudding

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  50. My nan had a pressure cooker many years ago, I would try and make a veg soup just like she did

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  51. I'd try a veggie sausage casserole.

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  52. I'd make a beef stew with herby dumplings

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  53. a tasty beef stew with dumplings :)

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  54. I would cook a nice Portuguese stew.

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  55. A proper chilli con carne with steak and chunky vegetables

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  56. I'd make myself a nice bbq pulled pork :)

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  57. Chinese chicken with egg which my mum makes all the time

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  58. Would have to be lamb shanks...my favourite!

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  59. I would cook my husband's favourite, beef stew and dumplings

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  60. I would make a beef curry and rice

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  61. It would probably be a nice hot curry for me - perfect for these cold winter nights!

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  62. A lovely beef stew with carrots, onions and mushrooms

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  63. Pulled pork, a family favourite

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  64. I would cook a joint of beef, my mother in law swears by her pressure cooker and the beef is soooo tender. I've always wanted a pressure cooker!

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  65. it would maybe be a sausage casserole

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  66. Maybe some Braised Lamb Shanks.

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  67. Well I am not as adventurous a cook as I would like to be, but although my first thought was beef stew I think I would actually like to start with the roast chicken you describe in the review

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  68. Ah this looks great! I would make a nice homemade curry x

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  69. A gammon joint with pineapple. Lush!

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  70. I would make a gluten free pasta dish.

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  71. First up would be a delicious Irish stew. x

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  72. I'd love to try your pasta bake recipe above. It would be great not to have to precook the pasta!

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  73. A Morrocan chicken tagine for sure!

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  74. Goulash as that's what my mum used to cook in hers when I was little!

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  75. I would cook my take on spicy veggie risotto

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  76. I think I'd cook a beef curry as I love it when beef is really tender.

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  77. I'd make a lovely beef stew :)

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  78. I'd cook pulled pork! so yummy and always wanted to try it in a pressure cooker.

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  79. A pasta dish with chilli and meatballs - I love that you don't have to cook the pasta first!

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  80. A DELICIOUS LAMB HOT POT WITH HERB DUMPLINGS!

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  81. The perfect gadget fro helathy delicikous meals!

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  82. I'd probably cook some dried chickpeas or lentils. No overnight soaking required!

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  83. I'd make a broth with ham hock and lots of veggies twitter @susanhoggett

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  84. Most definitley a mutton curry. Would be great to make one in less time as always in demand from freinds and family but it's an all day thing usually.

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  85. A lovely piece of brisket for a sunday lunch with all the trimmings

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  86. I would make a lamb tagine if I won this

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  87. I think it would be perfect to make a chickpea and veg curry

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  88. Great recipe :D I like that you don't have to cook the pasta first!

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  89. I would make a beef stew like my Mum does with hers

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  90. I'd love to win this. As a single mum to a baby. The days just don't seem long enough.

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  91. I would make a lovely chicken curry

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  92. A nice hot beef curry probably Indian but I tend to make them up as I go along..but I can only imagine how soft and melty the beef would be done in a pressure cooker..I have never used one before x

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  93. A lovely beef stew, haven't got one of these and fed up of a steamy kitchen hours on end.

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  94. I would make a casserole with cheap cuts of beef.

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  95. The first thing I'd cook is my Grandma's traditional Caribbean Curry Goat!

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  96. I'd do a scrummy five bean chilli

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  97. Would have to be a beef stew with dumplings.

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  98. I'd probably the the above recipe (it sounds lush!) but add some chicken and a little Panetta..... Yum!

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  99. I would cook a stew with lots of veg and dumplings x

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  100. I would like to try vegetable or mushroom soup

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  101. This sounds amazing Jan - I love quick and easy recipes like this - especially if they involve minimal washing up!!! Eb x

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  102. I like the look of your vegetable pasta bake so would try that first but would have to remove the celery from it and substitute the large onion for a small one.

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  103. The first thing i would cook would be a chicken curry

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  104. A big beef casserole full of yummy veg

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan

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