Vegetarian Pasta Bake

    45 minutes

    A tomato based pasta sauce is layered above and below a layer of pasta and artificial chicken tenders then topped with mozzarella cheese.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 900g tomato pasta sauce
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 pinch white pepper, to taste
    • 250g rotini or spiral pasta
    • 185g artificial chicken tenders, cut in half
    • 60g grated mozzarella cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 165 degrees C.
    2. Bring the pasta sauce, basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and white pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and keep at a simmer.
    3. Fill a large saucepan with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling stir in the rotini and return to a boil. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite; about 8 minutes. When the rotini is nearly ready, stir in the artificial chicken. Drain well.
    4. Spread half of the pasta sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish then add the drained pasta mixture. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the pasta then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned; about 20 minutes.

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    SOOO DELICIOUS!!!! Instead of fake chicken, I made my recipe for "THE BEST Parmesan Chicken Strips" and put those in the casserole...WOW! It was just perfect! Here's the link to my recipe:  -  15 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a great base recipe - first, I used real chicken tenders (sorry) just cooked them up with some italian seasons and garlic in olive oil. Next, I added some sugar to the sauce, just enough to sweeten it and just enough to lighten the tomato-y taste. Next, I added a layer of italian breadcrumbs before the layer of mozzarella - it's chicken parmesan afterall, right? The boyfriend loved it and it was easy to prepare with items I had on hand. Yummy!  -  25 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I had some left-over grilled chicken to use up, so I decided to give this a try. Instead of layering everything I mixed it all together and topped with cheese. Hubby really liked it and actually commented on how good it was and has asked me to make it again (which rarely happens).  -  05 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)