Anyone who ever said that vegan food couldn’t be delicious, healthy, and even, dare I say, decadent, hasn’t tried this vegan baked ziti. This hit the spot for dinner tonight and the kids loved it too! It was filling, flavorful, and hearty. Since we are supposed to get a giant spring snowstorm tomorrow I figured it would be nice to make something we could have to munch on for a few days.
Vegan Baked Ziti with Cheezy Sauce
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
- 1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
- 1 cup baby bella mushrooms diced (can also use white or cremini mushrooms)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup tomato sauce (either canned or jarred, whatever you have on hand)
- 1 small can of sliced black olives
- 1 pound whole-grain ziti (or gluten free penne)
- 1 batch of Cheezy Sauce
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Add the onion to a large saucepan and cook, stirring frequently, until browned. Add small amounts of water as needed to keep the onion from sticking. Add the garlic, zucchini, squash and mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms begin to exude their juices
- Add the oregano, basil, salt and pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and black olives and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
- Cook the pasta in boiling water until it is not quite al dente as it will finish cooking in the oven (this is usually a minute or two less than the package cooking instructions would recommend).
- Drain the pasta and add it to the tomato mixture. Mix well and pour into a 9x13" baking dish.
- Top with the Cheezy Sauce and bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
We made this gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta but you can use any regular pasta too.
You can also substitute in any vegetables you have handy: bell peppers, spinach, roasted eggplant, etc. If you add in too many you may be in danger of over-filling the casserole dish like I almost did. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.