Pesto and Cheese Pasta Bake

So when Davida brought up the idea for a themed link up for St.Patrick’s day, I wanted to make it scream Davida.

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Actually, scrap that. I wanted it to scream #WholeDavida. So pretty much all the foods which are vilified on ALL the popular diets out there. Add in some green aspect to that and voila-

And this entire recipe is the Anti Whole30/Paleo style of eating however it is 100% #WholeDavida and that is the main thing. Zing.

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Baked pasta dishes are so simple to make, yet have that fancy aspect to it. Maybe it’s because of the melted cheese within and on top (keep it PG13 kiddos). Maybe it’s because of the tangy pesto drizzled throughout it. Or maybe it’s the baby peas embedded like ugly diamonds. Because let’s face it. The day when we correlate peas and diamonds together would be a very, very sad day.

Cheesy Pesto and Pea pasta bake

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Cheesy Pesto Pasta Bake
A quick and easy pasta bake recipe which is almost too fancy for words!
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Ingredients
  1. • 1 package of tagliatelle or thick cut pasta
  2. • ¾ cup mild flavoured cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  3. • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  4. • 1 cup frozen peas
  5. • ½ cup basil pesto (I used this recipe)
  6. • ½ cup milk of choice
  7. • ½ tsp garlic
  8. • ½ tsp onion
  9. • Olive oil
  10. • Cracked black pepper to serve
Instructions
  1. Precook pasta as per instructions and allow to cool completely. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius and coat a large baking dish wish olive oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, mozzerella cheese and milk until fully combined. Add in the garlic powder, onion powder and baby peas until fully incorporated into the mixture.
  3. Pour the pasta mixture into the baking dish. Slowly stir through the basil pesto and ensure it is evenly distributed. Roughly sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top and bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden.
  4. Top with cracked black pepper and serve immediately
Notes
  1. Ensure you remove the pasta from the oven when the cheese is lightly golden otherwise the pasta will dry out. If it appears to be too dry, add in extra milk throughout it. This pasta can easily be prepped in advance. It also makes perfect leftovers or eaten cold for breakfast.
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What is an easy dish which has a fancy vibe you enjoy?

Favourite pasta mix in?

Pesto and……. ?

Peas and….. ?

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81 thoughts on “Pesto and Cheese Pasta Bake

  1. My Mum was cooking something similar when we were kids. It always was my sister’s favorite 🙂
    I love green pesto. Especially with tomatos and mozzarella on focaccia! Heaven!
    Don’t judge me but I can’t stand cooked peas. But I love them raw 🙂

  2. Oh this is such a cool way to prepare pasta!! Thanks for being creative for me my sweet Latte Machiato. My mind is still blurred from too much booze and it will be filled up with more by this afternoon.
    I love to cook leftover pasta in eggs (what else) and some ham. And then let it burn a little on the side for extra crunch. Haha.
    Happy Weekend from drunk Elizabeth (if you need clarification on that, check today’s post).

  3. Oh my goooooood I’m chocolate obsessed! So sweet of you to make some chocolate covered rice!

    Awkward time for me to tell you I don’t like peas…well actually I’m not sure if I don’t like peas. My last memory of eating them was when I was 6 and my brother and I used to shove them under the kitchen table when my Mom wasn’t looking…Thank god we got a new kitchen table otherwise shit would staaaaaaank.

    Pasta (and not of the fake spaghetti squash variety that makes me a farty twat) + pesto + cheeeeeeeeese – peas = #wholedavida. I have fine math skills. Let’s not talk about how I tried to bribe my high school calculus teacher into not failing me so I could get into university #wholeprincess

    1. Chocolate covered rice is where it’s at! Thanks so much for hosting the Chinese New Year link up! #Asianpride

      Haha me and my sister used to that with broccoli. Well me broccoli and she did it with beef.

      ….I need to hear this #wholeprincess story.

  4. “Cheesy”, “pasta”, and “baked” are winning words in all of my old favorite foods. I especially love alfredo or macaroni and cheese bakes! Since going healthier — “healthy” being relative to each person of course — all my favorite foods now include an awesome fat instead of carbs. I’d still sneak a helping of this recipe though 🙂

  5. Add some tuna and you have something very reminiscent of the tuna noodle casserole my mom use to make!!

    peas and carrots!! steamed to perfection…
    pesto and spoon… or crusty bread
    pasta and… broth. I love noodle-y soups.

  6. Connnnnnnnfession: I don’t like pesto. At least… I don’t think I do. I only remember having it a couple of times and it didn’t do anything for me. Actually, maybe it did. I have no idea. Please excuse these rambles — I am sleep deprived.

    Favourite pasta mix in is cheese, always and forever. In fact… scrap the pasta and just give me noodles with cheese 😀 And peas ‘n’ carrots — duh.

    1. Spoonshine, I hope you have been blessed by the slumber Gods. Pesto is like the almond butter of the savoury world. GET. ON. IT.

      Noodles mixed with cheese was standard childhood fare. Time to bring it back.

  7. I am seriously drooling. Peas are my fav veggie, and cheese is my fav… life companion? I don’t know, I love it too much to process properly. Sub in some gluten free pasta so it’s easy on my tummy and I would eat this whole platter!

  8. Love it! peas and pesto actually go really well together. I bet my fam would love this too. Perhaps I will make it for them when I get home! I will tell them my Australian friend recommended it. Pesto and … salmon (made this once and it was fabulous). Peas and … mashed potatoes. If I eat mashies on thanksgiving, I always mix my peas into it.

  9. Yay real pasta! I love pasta bakes…so hearty. Favourite pasta mix-in: tomato sauce. Which is crazy because I absolutely hated it as a kid. And I think i’ve only had pesto a handful of times…so I couldn’t tell you my favourite way to eat it. Maybe I need to experiment more?
    Peas and: carrots. Is there anything else?

  10. I agree, baked pasta really does seen fancier for some reason. I love, love frozen peas and pesto is always a great choice! I think I might try to make this with spag squash instead of pasta this weekend. I have an extra spag squash that needs used to this week.

  11. Mmmm…seeing as I’m at work at the moment and don’t have access to my kitchen, perhaps you can send this over to me for lunch!?! 😉 Ha! It looks amazing, Arman! Pesto makes anything taste so, so good! I can’t wait to make it!

    1. YES..I will be your ultimate chef with ethic flair if you get me a damn green card. AND my mum’s wooden spoon!

      But actually, you may need to consider going back to your job. Green card sponsorship ain’t cheap.

  12. I dunno, I think peas are far more valuable than diamonds–at least you can actually eat them, so they serve some practical purpose, while diamonds are just pretty, shiny, and are essentially useless in my opinion. Sure, they are expensive, but other than that, what’s the big deal? Maybe I am just biased, though, since I never wear jewelry and cannot understand the appeal of a diamond ring, or why those women on jewelry commercials are so excited when they receive a diamond ring from their boyfriends or husbands. Why not give her something she can actually use?? Like peas!! Well, not peas, but I would honestly prefer peas to diamond rings. No joke. Anyway, this recipe looks delicious, even though I prefer not to eat dairy products. I could probably make it vegan, though, if I felt motivated enough to do so. All I’d need is some Daiya cheese, unsweetened almond milk, and pesto without regular cheese–no problem. I hope you have a great day!

    1. Thanks Kendra- One of my friends is looking for a ring for his fiance so I’m going to recommend some peas. I’ll let you know how it fares!

      I have a Vegan pasta bake recipe actually- a sauce made of tofu, nutritional yeast, coconut milk and pesto- I can email it to you if you like!

    1. How about Tandoori covered Lex?

      Hm…..let me do some thinking, I might have something in the works.

      PS totally ordered a random piece of chicken tikka from a fast food foodcourt because I was still hungry after lunch.

  13. I don’t know if I can just call them peas after this… but diamonds or not anything with pesto and cheese sounds delicious right about now (it may or may not be past my dinner time and I may or may not be out of food)

  14. I loveeeee peas & pasta. Pasta carbonara = love.Pesto + anything. Peas + anything. You know what’s creepy… on a can of peas in the US it says “not a low calorie food”. Like peas are a vegetable/legume how can you try and trick people into thinking they aren’t healthy?

  15. Looking forward to reading this week’s Spill It!

    The pasta recipe sounds marvelous.

    Peas and carrots (that was always a side at school. Totally gross. They did not taste like peas and carrots at all.)

    Pasta and alfredo sauce is the best!

  16. Oh child you are putting together some of my favorite things: veggies, pasta, pesto and cheese. I could take this without the peas, but my Hubby would face plant into this bake as is. He is a man who likes his peas.
    Pesto with everything.
    Peas with nothing.

  17. I put peas into my pasta just for a change and I was surprised on how much I loved the flavor. I guess it was just a change in texture or my love for peas. I am a big time pasta lover.. with loads of cheese. Oh my!

  18. Awww, we both did PEAS!!! And can I just say you whore out my pesto better than any pimp I’ve ever seen on the street…you know, if I hung with that kinda crowd! 😉

    Easy dish with a fancy vibe? Quiche! Thank you Meg for that!
    Pesto and eggs!
    Peas and bananas? Hahaha!

    1. Hahahaha your pesto recipe is my go to…so much better than store bought. I apologise for all the pingbacks…and all the future ones.

      Pesto and bananas? I’ve had pesto and apples but that….will have to be tried out 😉

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