Baked Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella
This baked pasta with fresh mozzarella is a recipe made mostly from leftover kitchen scraps – a handful of kale here, a bit of mixed mushrooms there and random leftover pizza ingredients including the fresh mozzarella cheese. You can bake this pasta in the air fryer (it took me only 5 minutes!) or oven. I like fresh mozzarella cheese for its milky, soft, and delicately mild flavour as compared to shredded cheese.
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These are the main ingredients for my baked pasta with fresh mozzarella:
- Pasta – any type such as penne, spiral pasta, fusilli and spaghetti. I’m specifically using whole wheat pasta which is a complex carb. I particularly like whole wheat pasta for this recipe, because its firmer texture make it less likely to overcook after baking.
- Kitchen scraps! You can use any leftovers and they can be in scraps proportion. I used a small handful of kale (used as the photography backdrop for this recipe), a few cherry tomatoes + olives and a small piece onion. Use any dried herbs blend and garlic salt to season the pasta.
- Mushroom scraps – You can use any leftover mushrooms, frozen and/or fresh, in any amount, as I did for this recipe.
- Fresh mozzarella cheese – You can recognise fresh mozzarella in the supermarkets by the little pouches they come in as they have to be immersed in liquid until ready to use.
- Pasta sauce – I used a 2 in 1 pizza & pasta sauce. It was the first time I am using it for pasta, and I found the taste a bit tart. Next time I’ll try another brand of pasta sauce.
Here are the simple steps:
- Cook pasta and kale in boiling salted water. Drain them in a colander and set aside the pasta cooking water.
- Make a quick one-pan pasta with all the ingredients. Add pasta water to bind the pasta ingredients together.
- Before baking – Add pasta to a casserole lined with baking paper. Garnish with fresh cheese pieces, cherry tomato and olives.
- After baking – The pasta looks great after the fresh mozzarella cheese is melted. It has a softer look and taste than shredded cheese.
- Garnish and serve :)