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Old 16-06-2007, 11:18 AM
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Default Veggie Pasta bake help....

Hi, I know this is gonna sound like a silly question, but I can't find the answer the the two cook books I have!
I'm gonna make a cheesey veggie pasta bake for tea, coz i've got veggies that need using up. It's litterally gonna be veg and pasta, with a white/cheese sauce and cheese on the top.
Do I need to boil/steam the veg first, or will they cook in the oven? Gonna use broccoli, cauli, carrots and peppers.

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Old 16-06-2007, 12:29 PM
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Hi sarah
I always just give the veg a quick steam....or if im feeling lazy a quick blast in the microwave...just enough to get them started...then they will finish off in the oven without going sloppy...
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Old 16-06-2007, 12:38 PM
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I usually make up the sauce first, with the veggies partly sauteed, then add a tin of tomatoes. You'll want some moisture in the veg mix if you're using dried pasta in the oven, so that it can soften and cook. If you're cooking the pasta first, and just putting the cheese sauce on top then you can get away with a less sloppy sauce.
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Old 17-06-2007, 5:46 PM
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I often make broccoli and pasta cheesy bake - I always steam the brocolli first, but make sure its just underdone if you are going to finish off the bake in the oven
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Old 17-06-2007, 7:45 PM
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please can you tell me what the recipe is for your bake,sounds yummy!!!
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I do whatever I've got - always onions, frequently mushrooms, courgettes, spinach, carrots, sweetcorn, peppers. Whatever you fancy really. Mine is like a veggie bolognese sauce, and I don't do the cheese sauce, but sometimes I do breadcrumbs or crumble on top.
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Old 17-06-2007, 10:49 PM
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I like to pre steam veg before cooking in oven
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please can you tell me what the recipe is for your bake,sounds yummy!!!
I've got broccolli, cauli, carrots and parsnips sat in the fridge, so I was just gonna chuck them in together. I guess you could just use any veg really...
I learned how to make a cheese sauce from scratch last week when I made a lasagne , so all I was gonna do was put the veg (pre steamed - thanks everyone!), the cooked pasta and the cheese sauce in a big Pyrex dish, cover it with crushed crisps (for extra crunch) and grated cheese and bake it in the oven.
It's not so much of a recipe as a 'chuck it all in and see what happens':rolleyes:
Might be nice, might be minging, but I won't know til I've tried!

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I do whatever I've got - always onions, frequently mushrooms, courgettes, spinach, carrots, sweetcorn, peppers. Whatever you fancy really. Mine is like a veggie bolognese sauce, and I don't do the cheese sauce, but sometimes I do breadcrumbs or crumble on top.
That sounds yummy too! What do you do with the spinach to stop it going soggy - mine ALWAYS goes like wet kitchen roll

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