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Hot Dish

This Hot Dish is made with tomato paste, tomato sauce, mushrooms, and bell peppers – pantry staples you have on hand. It is taste and texture perfect. Everything comes together really fast and you will never know it is vegan.

Top view on the Hot Dish in a large casserole dish.

Pasta dishes are always my favorites to make. Like my Pasta alla Norma, the Spaghetti Sauce, the Lemon Pasta, or Puttanesca Sauce. I could eat those every day.

Checkout more amazing Pasta Recipes or use the search bar.

What you will see will keep your cravings going.

Ingredients for the Hot Dish assembled on a wooden board.

 

But what’s really better than pasta on a plate? Right, pasta in a baking dish, baked to perfection, all covered in a mouthwatering sauce.

This is why you should make this Hot Dish now. You will love it so much it will become a staple in your household.

This dish is so easy to make, but yet so impressive and flavorful

Mushroom slices are sauteed in a pan, then other vegetables are added.

Why you need to try this best Hot Dish

Bold flavors you will love! Simple but so good, tasty and seriously delicious.

You can use leftover pasta and that will save you a good amount of your time. It also does not matter what kind of pasta, you can use your favorite.

Filling and satisfying: for sure this is comfort food at its best and all what you want when served fresh from the oven.

Preparation is as easy as it can be with step by step pictures. Let me show you how to get the best result visually.

Vegetable and vegan ground beef mixture before and after frying in a large pan.

What you need for this Hot Dish recipe

  • Pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms

 

  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegan ground beef
  • Italian Herbs
  • Vegan Mozzarella
  • Vegan Parmesan

Showing the addition of tomato sauce and vegan cheeses to the pan.

How to make Hot Dish

Start with preheating your oven to 400°F and set a 10×10 inch casserole dish ready.

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add the finely sliced mushrooms and fry for around 2 minutes at least. They will start loosing a lot of liquid, so wait until it has all evaporated. 

Season them with a pinch of salt and pepper, then reserve 1/2 cup  from the pan and set them aside.

Mixing the precooked pasta into the sauce, before and after.

Now give 1 Tbsp olive oil to the mushrooms in the pan, and add onions, garlic, bell peppers, and vegan ground beef, too. Fry everything on high heat for 5 minutes, then stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, as well as half of the vegan mozzarella and parmesan.

Season with Italian herbs and another pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a cook and let simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes more.

Add the precooked pasta to the sauce, and combine everything well. Transfer the Hot Dish mix to your 10×10 cm casserole, and give the reserved 1/2 cup of mushrooms on top. Sprinkle the remaining vegan parmesan and mozzarella on top and finally bake for 10 minutes.

Hot Dish is transferred to a casserole dish and topped with extra mushrooms and cheese.

Storage and freezing

Storage in the fridge can be done for around 5 days, covered with foil or in an airtight container. Freezing is also possible if you use individual freezer bags or containers. You can make bigger or smaller portions, just use what is practical for you.

It will last frozen for around 4 months.

The important thing is to always let the Hot Dish cool off completely. Otherwise it will change the taste and texture too much.

This a great make ahead meal, also suitable for big batch cooking. You can prepare everything in advance and bake later.

Closeup on the Hot Dish with the cheese topping.

Variations and tips:

Try other veggies like peas, carrots, or spinach.

Use other herbs like thyme or rosemary

Switch pasta. They all work great in here

A portion of the Hot Dish is taken out of the casserole.

Other comfort food recipes to try:

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Top view on the Hot Dish in a large casserole dish.

Hot Dish

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Hot Dish is made with tomato paste, tomato sauce, mushrooms, and bell peppers - pantry staples you have on hand. It is taste and texture perfect. Everything comes together really fast and you will never know it is vegan.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups cooked pasta (not dry, use gf if needed)
  • 24 oz tomato sauce
  • 5 oz tomato paste
  • 8 oz mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Italian herbs
  • 8 oz vegan ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 5 oz vegan mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 batch vegan Parmesan
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start with preheating your oven to 400°F and set a 10x10 inch casserole dish ready.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add the finely sliced mushrooms and fry for around 2 minutes at least. They will start loosing a lot of liquid, so wait until it has all evaporated. 
  3. Season them with a pinch of salt and pepper, then reserve 1/2 cup  from the pan and set them aside.
  4. Now give 1 Tbsp olive oil to the mushrooms in the pan, and add onions, garlic, bell peppers, and vegan ground beef, too. Fry everything on high heat for 5 minutes, then stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, as well as half of the vegan mozzarella and parmesan.
  5. Season with Italian herbs and another pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a cook and let simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes more.
  6. Add the precooked pasta to the sauce, and combine everything well. Transfer the Hot Dish mix to your 10x10 cm casserole, and give the reserved 1/2 cup of mushrooms on top. Sprinkle the remaining vegan parmesan and mozzarella on top and finally bake for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g
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