Baked halloumi pasta

By HappySkinnyGirl

Easy to make and it tastes delicious. Just fry some vegetables, pour in the sauce, mix altogether with pasta and in the oven for 10 minutes. Ta da! 🙂

baked halloumi pasta

Serving size: 4-6
Total calories: 2724 (varies depending on type of cheese)

Ingredients

250 g/8.8 oz pasta, such as penne
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 small zucchini (250 g/8.8 oz)
1 halloumi cheese (250 g/8.8 oz)
1 box of cherry tomatoes (250 g/8.8 oz)
2 cloves garlic
1 can of tomato pasta sauce (approximately 400 g/14 oz)
1 bag fresh spinach (70 g/2.5 oz)
1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese (150  g/5.3 oz) – I substitute it with another cheese.
olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 225C (437F). Cook the pasta according to instruction on the packet. Drain, and rinse in cold water, and set aside.

2. Peel and cut the onion in half. Slice thinly. Cut the zucchini lengthwise and then cut it into 1/2 cm (1/5 inch) thick slices. Cut and the halloumi into 1 cm (about half inch) cube size. Cut the tomatoes in half.

3. Fry the zucchini in 1/2 tablespoon oil over high heat about 5 minutes. About 1 minute left, add the onion. Peel and crush the garlic. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Set it aside. Fry the halloumi in 1 teaspoon oil until it is nicely browned, about 3 minutes.

4. Mix tomato pasta sauce, fried vegetables, halloumi cheese and spinach with pasta. Season with 2 pinches of salt and a pinch of pepper. Divide pasta into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake in the oven about 10 minutes.

Source: Swedish Buffé magazine, 2009

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