Caprese pasta bake is an easy dump-and-bake summer recipe that the whole family will love! Ready in under 20 minutes, this recipe is so easy to throw together and perfect for a quick dinner, a picnic or for your packed lunch!
180 grams(1.5 cups)uncooked short pastaI used penne
80 grams(3 oz)baby spinach leaves
3tbspbasil pestoadd more if needed
125 grams(5 oz)mozzarella ballsliced or torn
fresh basil leavesfor serving
Preheat oven to 200c (375f). Cook the pasta according to package directions.
In a deep baking dish, add the cherry tomatoes, minced garlic drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 7-8 minutes or until the tomatoes start to pop (collapse).
Drain the pasta, and add it to the baking dish along with the baby spinach leaves and pesto. Toss to combine and bake for 3 more minutes.
Arrange the torn mozzarella cheese on top, and bake for 3 more minutes or until the cheese is just melted. Remove from oven, season with more cracked black pepper and chili flakes, fresh basil leaves and serve.