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Pesto and Bechamel Pasta Bake Recipe

Pesto and Bechamel Pasta Bake Recipe

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An easy and delicious veggie bake that only takes 20 minutes to cook!

  • Recipe by Veggieful
  • Serves 6
  • Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • Pasta layer: 250g pasta of choice (We used wholemeal penne)
  • Tomato Sauce Layer:
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 veggie stock cube
  • Pesto Layer:
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • pinch of pepper
  • White Sauce Layer:
  • 1 cup Soy Milky Regular
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • big pinch of salt
  • big pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Bread Crumb Layer:
  • 3 slices wholemeal bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • big pinch of salt
  • big pinch of pepper

For this recipe to be vegan, use a vegan pasta

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius and spray a rectangular casserole dish with oil. Set aside.
    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and pour the drained pasta into the casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. In a blender/processor, blend all "tomato sauce layer" ingredients until smooth. Pour over the pasta and stir until coated. Set aside. Rinse out blender/processor .
  3. Blend all "pesto layer" ingredients until smooth and spread evenly into a thin layer over the tomato sauce covered pasta. Set aside. Rinse out blender/processor .
  4. Blend all "white sauce layer" ingredients until smooth and spread evenly over the pesto layer. Set aside. Rinse out blender/processor .
  5. Pulse the "bread crumb layer" ingredients until a crumb is formed. Spread evenly over the white sauce layer. Rinse out blender/processor .
  6. Cover the bake with foil and place into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an extra couple of minutes until the crumb is golden brown.