Friday, October 09, 2009

Herbed Summer Pasta Bake

 With summer sticking its head around the corner every so often (half the time it's still chilly here in the Western Cape - helloooo it's October already!), I'm feeling like some lighter and more summery fare, but at the same time not quite ready for crisp and crunchy salads. That's when the idea for this pasta bake started taking hold. Summer squash, sundried tomatoes and fusilli smothered in a creamy sauce and baked until crispy on top. Not-quite-summer perfection.


Herbed Summer Pasta Bake
Serves 6

250g fusilli
240g (150g drained) marinated sundried tomatoes
250g green pattypans, scliced
250g yellow pattypans, sliced
3 baby leeks, thinly sliced
2 1/2 cups plain yoghurt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried mint
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1. Cook pasta for about 7 minutes until just starting to soften. Add pattypans, leeks and roughly torn tomatoes in, including about 2 - 3 tbsp of the marinade it was in.
2. Transfer to a ovenproof casserole dish. In a seperate bowl whisk the eggs and yoghurt together. Add seasonings and herbs, then pour over the pasta, mixing lightly to ensure everything is coated evenly. Scatter with breadcrumbs, then bake at 180C for 30 - 40 minutes. 

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 320.3, Total fat 6.7 g, Saturated fat 2.1 g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.1 g, Monounsaturated fat 3.0 g, Cholesterol 77.0 mg, Sodium 516.8 mg, Potassium 683.5 mg, Total carbohydrate 49.9  g, Dietary fiber 2.4 g, Sugars 14.6 g, Protein 15.3 g

Good source of: Vitamin A  26.5 %, Vitamin C 21.9 %, Calcium 19.7 %


nina on October 10, 2009 10:09 am said...

Looking at this recipe as well as those in the Linkwithin, you are quite a pro at pasta dishes, I'll have to stay a while and print out some recipes. I am still wearing my coat in October, unbelievable!!!

Gena D on October 10, 2009 1:51 pm said...

Gosh that really looks good! Just "found" you site ... too many wonderful recipes to look at and try!!! Will definitely be back! thx G

Marisa on October 10, 2009 5:45 pm said...

Thanks for the compliments Nina & Gena - you bring a huge smile to my face!

I'm with you on the weather Nina - I even had my scarf on earlier in the week. Nothing new for Western Cape weather though, in my experience spring lasts all of 2 days and then we switch to summer in about December. :-)

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