Pasta Thing (Baked Pasta) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Pasta Thing (Baked Pasta)

Recipe from Mike Meyers.
Course Main Course
Keyword beans, cheese, gluten free, mushrooms, olives, pasta, spinach, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 369kcal
Author Andrea Meyers



  • 1 pound shaped pasta farfalle, rigatoni, gemelli, campanelle, penne, etc, cooked al dente
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium to large onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 medium to large green pepper chopped
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces canned chunky crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces canned red beans, cannelini beans, or black beans
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms chopped
  • 2.25 ounces canned black olives (optional)
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach thawed
  • 8 ounces grated cheese Italian blend or Mexican blend or sharp cheddar

Italian Spices

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil

Mexican Spices

  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 medium jalapeño peppers diced (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Start water for pasta in the 8 quart pot. Cook the pasta while making the sauce.
  • Saute onions, garlic and pepper in the 4 qt saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Grate the carrots while the onions cook, then add the carrots to the saucepan. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes. Rinse the beans and add to the sauce. Add olives, mushrooms, and spices and stir.
  • Thoroughly squeeze the moisture out of the the thawed spinach and add to the sauce.
  • Drain the cooked pasta.
  • Ladle some of the sauce into the bottom of the baking pan. Build in layers, starting with 1/2 of the cooked pasta, then 1/2 of the cheese, and some sauce. Layer in the rest of the pasta, some more sauce, and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. You might have some leftover sauce.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is browned on top. Allow to sit 10-15 minutes after removing from oven.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 822mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5556IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 5mg