We love to try new recipes including this Dairy Free Pasta Bake.
It’s dairy free, which means it’s safe for those with a dairy allergy or intolerance. It also includes lots of healthy ingredients like cauliflower, spaghetti squash, and nutritional yeast (which is high in B vitamins!).
This 3 Ingredient Dairy Free Cream Pie makes a great dessert to go with our dairy free pasta bake.
Our Dairy Free Pasta Bake is a hearty dinner and will fill hungry tummies right up. It’s packed with protein and fiber too. With cooked chicken (you can cheat and use a cooked rotisserie chicken from the deli) this recipe can be as short as about 30 minutes, but if you use raw chicken it could be up to about 2-3 hours to make depending on the heat you cook it at.
Dairy Free Pasta Bake
- 2 large, cooked chicken breasts (raw if you have more time)
- 1 large jar of your favorite pasta sauce (we used tomato basil)
- 2-4 gloves of garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup steamed beets
- 1 cup steamed cauliflower
- and 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (you can purchase this at most health food stores, specialty stores or online)
- 1 container of vegan ricotta
- 1 pound short pasta (we used orecchiette)
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
Use a larger pot to make the sauce. Pour in the jar of sauce, beets, cauliflower, squash, garlic, bay leaves, sea salt, pepper and chicken. I like to use chicken that is just cooked through and not overdone, just break into a few pieces when adding to the pot. If you have a little more time, you can cook the chicken right in the sauce, it just takes a bit longer for it to cook and then become fall apart tender.
Stir well and simmer until the chicken breaks part on its own.
Once the chicken is fully mixed in, add in the nutritional yeast and vegan ricotta, and stir lightly. Cover and continue to simmer until the pasta is ready.
Cook pasta per box instructions, stain well and then mix into the chicken and sauce.
Transfer the entire pot into a large oven safe baking dish. I used one that was 9 x 13.
Top with bread crumbs, drizzle with olive or avocado oil and a dusting of sea salt. Then bake at 400 degrees just until the bread crumbs have started to brown up a bit.
Allow to cool for a few minutes before enjoying.