Courgette pasta casserole with tomatoes

courgette pasta casserole with tomatoes

Since I am living in a student accommodation where I have to share my kitchen with 9 other students, casseroles became my favourite kind of main dishes. Why? Because while the dish is in the oven, you can start cleaning your stuff, wash the pots you used and put everything back into the cupboard, so your kitchen is less messy and your kitchen mates have more space for cooking their own dishes. And another plus: Nothing can really happen to the dish while it is in the oven, so you can also leave the kitchen (but remember to take your cooking timer with you) in the meantime and work on your next assignment or simply have some fun time. This casserole is a very basic dish – you can also use different vegetables or herbes in it. So here we go!

You need:

  • 100g pasta
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 shallot
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 50g mozzarella
  • 100ml milk
  • 50ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of cream cheese
  • vegetable oil
  • rosemary
  • salt
  • pepper

Clean the vegetables and chop the shallot in small cubes and the courgette and tomatoes in slices. Cook the pasta with some salt for about 8-10 minutes (they don’t have to be completely done when you drain them). In the meanwhile, heat some oil in a small pot and gently roast the shallot dices for a couple of minutes. Then add the courgette, and deglaze with the vegetable stock. Boil the sauce for a few minutes, then add the milk and stir in the cream cheese. Season with rosemary, salt and pepper. Start heating the oven, mix the sauce with the drained pasta and fill it in small casserole dish. Top it with the tomatoes and the mozzarella. Bake it at 180° C for about 20 minutes.

Note: This dish serves two persons. Try to use other vegetables or herbes, or top the casserole with goats cheese instead of mozzarella – be brave to create your own dish!

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