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One Pan Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake

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  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


One Pan Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake is a culinary ode to the vibrant flavors and colors of summer, featuring orzo pasta, aromatic basil, zucchini, Jalapeno peppers, sweet corn, and a decadent layer of melted cheese. This recipe is a symphony of tastes and textures that come together in a single pan, creating a hearty, satisfying, and utterly delicious meal.


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  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium or two small Jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot (or small red onion), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • sprinkle of red chili flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • kernels from 2-3 ears of corn (or use canned corn) about 2 cups
  • 1 pound orzo pasta (swap for gluten free if desired)
  • 8 ounces basil pesto (homemade or purchased)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, or a mixture)
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a 9 x 13 casserole dish, combine zucchini, Jalapeno pepper, garlic, olive oil, Italian seasoning, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Stir well and roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Pull the vegetable mixture out of the oven. To the same pan add corn, pesto and orzo. Pour 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock on top and mix. Return the dish to the oven and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, until most of the liquid has absorbed.
  4. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.


  • You can purchase a jar of quality pesto at the grocery store. Or make your own with my easy basil pesto recipe.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Use gluten-free orzo if desired. I like the Jovial brand.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: recipe
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: Mediterranian