Pesto and Cheese Pasta Bake

5 from 13 votes

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


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.


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


Cheesy Pesto Pasta Bake

A quick and easy pasta bake recipe which is almost too fancy for words!
5 from 13 votes
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Author: Arman


  • • 1 package of tagliatelle or thick cut pasta
  • • ¾ cup mild flavoured cheese cheddar or mozzarella
  • • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • • 1 cup frozen peas
  • • ½ cup basil pesto I used this recipe
  • • ½ cup milk of choice
  • • ½ tsp garlic
  • • ½ tsp onion
  • • Olive oil
  • • Cracked black pepper to serve


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Top with cracked black pepper and serve immediately


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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Hope to see you guys swing by Sunday to share your thoughts on the next macronutrient of the three week Spill it, Sundays focus- PROTEIN! 

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. 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.

    1. YES! My mum used to make that all throughout my childhood and teen years- canned tuna, peas, corn, cream and parmesan cheese- a standard dinner in our household!

  2. 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.

    1. Perhaps? Fail. More like DEFINITELY.

      YES YES YES! You were the only one to mention my preferred pea method- mixed with mashed potatoes. This is why we’re friends.

  3. 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.

    1. YES- You know my thoughts of mixing pesto with spaghetti squash (and of course cottage cheese!)

    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.

  4. 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. No worries, Kendra- I will actually post it in the coming weeks! 😀

  5. Anything with the words “cheesy”, “pasta”, and “pesto” scream my name. Like I can hear the dish calling to me. Send me some asap. Kcool thanx 😉

    1. Geeze, Christine, EVERYTHING screams your name…just like that overpriced avocado I saw today 😉

      Of course. It may be mouldy thanks to fedex.

  6. 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 🙂

    1. LOL. I had to think for a moment just then that peas can be eaten raw…they are in snap peas! Green Pesto is so good. Red pesto is fail whale status.

  7. 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)

    1. ….WHAT! As if you don’t have emergency food….you need to add this task to your LIST! 😉

        1. If you get me a green card, I’ll be your personal shopper haha!

  8. 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).

    1. Hahahahaha Lucie. I hope you managed to sleep this weekend.

      Ohhh you’ve sparked a carbonara pasta craving!

  9. 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.

  10. “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 🙂

    1. Thanks, Camille- I’ve actually been craving Alfredo sauce like crazy after someone posted a fancy schmancy dish on instagram!

  11. 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. well, i do and i don’t. I love pesto, i dont love the taste after i eat it. proceed with caution

    2. 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.

  12. 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!

    1. Do it, Kim- The tagliatelle I used was actually gluten free haha! I find it much chewier than standard!

  13. Love pasta, peas and pesto so maybe this should be the ERINRECIPE. Maybe? Ummm peas and…..pasta? Pesto and…..pasta? ……I’m so creative. Hey, it’s early.

    1. How about coconut flour and pasta? I think you promised to get a package of it like…last year :p

      ERINRECIPE indeed.

  14. 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?

    1. Zomg Sam…real pasta as opposed to fake pasta? If you’re referring to those slim noodles or shirigross…ew.

      Get on the pesto train, stat.

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