• Serves 4
  • 45 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 9 Ingredients


A really delicious baked pasta with a secret sauce for the whole family.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500g Pennette Rigate
  • 3/4 cup water reserved from cooking the pasta
  • 1 medium size brown onion sliced
  • 2 zucchinis cut in strips
  • 90g Haloumi cheese
  • 1 tin creamed corn (420g)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water and a pinch of salt according to instructions on the packet (usually I bring the 5 litres of water to the boil, add salt and pasta, cook till they are tender).
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients: Heat oil in a large size frying pan and sauté onion till soft but not brown. Add haloumi cheese, and stir frequently for 2 minutes when the cheese started to brown, add zucchini and cook for another minute, season with salt and pepper. Add creamed corn to warm through. Turn off heat.
  3. Drain the pasta and reserve 3/4 cup of the water. Transfer the pasta to a large baking pan, mix in veggies and cheese and combine well with reserved water. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top and bake for 15 minutes or golden brown. Serve with salad.


The secret is out: you don't have to use tomato pasta sauce in this pasta bake. Vegetarian pasta can be tasty with this creamed corn in a tin. A quick solution and easy substitute for Béchamel sauce.

  • This sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe.


  • Love pasta bakes and this seems easy to make. Be great for my child who will not eat anything with tomatoes.


  • A great meal idea for the entire family to enjoy, thanks!.


  • Thanks for sharing. I love options for vegetarian and also options for a bake not using tomato or béchamel sauce are really hard to find. I will try this!

    • I’m so glad to hear that you will give it a try; and yes it’s hard to find options with the traditional sauces, but I always like to see outside the box to advance my food venture.
      One of my other recipes may be a good option too, take a look at: Lasagne with sweet potato and coconut cream.
      Enjoy, Missey


  • This sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing


  • I’ve never tried haulimi cheese. Will try it though. Thank you


  • Sounds good, I love haloumi !


  • Yummo. Will definitely make this in the next week.My vegetarian daughter will appreciate this recipe as well.

    • Oh lovely mum, I’m so happy to hear you’re looking after your daughter’s need, and provide good food to her.
      We never stop to be amazed by what a mother does to care for her loved ones :)
      Enjoy this special bake.
      Cheers, Missey


  • Awesome I’ve not tried this particular cheese before, and I think it’s worth a go.
    Thanks for sharing.


  • Thanks for the recipe – the creamed corn would be just delicious in this recipe.


  • Looks very cheesy! And quick and easy


  • What a great combination! Another of your dishes that I want to try!!

    • Please do, mom
      This one is particularly popular with kids because of the creamed corn, and you can hide the veggies that they don’t normally like to eat in it too :)
      Cheers, Missey


  • Missey Grace, you’ve done it again. I love the look of this recipe and can’t wait to make it.

    • A big thank you, mom :)
      I’m really happy that you share your thoughts about my recipes here. It gives me more confidence to go on even further.
      It’s my passion to cook simple but delicious food. Knowing there are other ladies sharing the same idea makes me smile.
      Thanks again, Missey.


  • Clever idea to use creamed corn instead of a tomatoe sauce,sound’s good!


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