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Cheesy Tikka Masala Pasta Bake

Cheesy Tikka Masala Pasta Bake

Full of Plants
Flavorful, creamy, and cheesy Indian-inspired pasta bake infused with ginger, garlic, and garam masala. Comforting, filling, and easy to make!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 5
Calories 556 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Cheesy Sauce

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 1 tbsp white wine
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric

Pasta Bake

  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp each: turmeric chili
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 14-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • for topping: fresh cilantro

Instructions
 

Cheesy Sauce

  • Drain the cashews and transfer to a high-speed blender. Add all the other ingredients: water, nutritional yeast, miso, white wine, maple syrup, cornstarch, onion and garlic powder, and turmeric.
  • Blend on high speed for about 10 seconds, or until smooth. Taste and add salt if needed (depending on how salty your miso is). Transfer the cheese sauce to a small bowl and set aside.

Pasta Bake

  • Cook the penne according to the package instructions.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large iron skillet. Once hot, add the garlic and grated ginger, and sautée for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garam masala, turmeric, chili, cumin, and salt, and cook for one more minute. Pour in the crushed tomatoes with their juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and water.
  • Let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Next, drain the penne pasta and add it to the skillet. Stir to coat the pasta with the sauce. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the cheesy sauce over the pasta. Use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly.
  • Bake for another 15 minutes or until the cheesy sauce is golden brown. You can put it under the grill the last few minutes for a better caramelization.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before serving. This pasta bake is best served the same day but will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, cover with foil and warm in a 400°F preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

Notes

If you don't have an iron skillet, you can transfer the pasta to a baking dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(with light coconut milk)Calories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 72.9gProtein: 17.6gFat: 21.2gFiber: 5gSugar: 6.7g
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