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. Hahahahaha I love that you just compared peas to ugly diamonds. That is the best part of this entire post 😉

    1. Fail. The recipe is the best part of the post :p

      Guess who’s eaten potatoes 3 times a day for 4 days in a row…3 to go!

  2. 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?

    1. Dude you have craving carbonara now…extra bacon. extra cheese. extra cream.

      …..Are you serious? They actually have that tagline on food products?!

  3. Cheese seems to take food porn to an X-rated level always!
    I am not a hooge fan of pasta – but my daughter loves that stuff – her fav mix in is – you guessed it – CHEESE!

  4. 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. Thanks, Holly- you can even make it with spaghetti squash if you like that!

      Unfortunately, I might go to jail if trying to send it!

  5. I love you for this. I know it sounds weird, but frozen peas are seriously one of my favorite foods 😉

    1. FROZEN peas? Really! I’ll need to venture out and try that. I’ve had frozen peas….on my black eye before 😉

  6. i want to face plant this now! I can’t wait for st. paddy’s day. #wholeCotter approved… add corn and it’d be #CORNYCOTTER approved. bahahaha

    1. My mum totally made it corny cotter way when I was growing up- peas, corn, tuna, cream and pasta. #wholeMum.

  7. This isn’t tandoori.

    unless it’s tandoori, my brain doesn’t register this as a “recipe”.


    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.

  8. Mmm yes to pasta + pesto + cheese! Love it!

    Pesto is definitely one of my favourite pasta mix ins, but chicken sausage is also amazing.

    And I don’t really like peas. 😛

    1. Dude, I had a look for decent chicken sausage here in australia…get this. The best of the bunch only had like 65% chicken in it. FAIL.

  9. OOO I am so tuning in for Sunday’s SPILL IT 😉 I shall SPILL IT ALL in my comment!! ha ha ha ah! You know me, the Protein Queen!

    PS: I loved the selfie from you today!!!!!!!

    1. Hahaha I’ll keep them coming! You are indeed the meat queen. Salmon on the side.

  10. 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!

    1. ALFREDO CRAVING. Well that and carbonara.

      Thanks Madison- peas and carrots were childhood hates when they tasted like nothing. Except when doused with gravy!

  11. 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.

    1. Please do me a favour and make the hubs a meal featuring a side of mashed potatoes and peas. If he mixes them together….I may come to america to visit him instead 😉

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