Dairy Farmers of Canada

Roasted Tomato and Cauliflower Pasta Bake

Our dietitians' favourite

Pop the vegetables in the oven to roast while you cook the pasta, then stir it all together with zippy Asiago cheese and you’ve got a pasta dish that’s sure to become a new favourite. Serve a leafy green salad on the side.

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cooking: 35 min
Yields 4 Servings
roasted tomato and cauliflower pasta bake


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 4 cups (1 L) cauliflower florets (about 2/3 medium head)
  • 3 cups (750 mL) grape tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried rosemary or basil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) smoked paprika (optional)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) red or white wine vinegar
  • 8 oz (250 g) whole wheat rotini or fusilli pasta
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Asiago or Provolone cheese
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Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Place butter and oil in a 13- by 9-inch (33 by 23 cm) glass baking dish. Heat in oven for 3 minutes or until butter is melted.

Add cauliflower, tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, smoked paprika (if using) and vinegar to baking dish and toss to evenly coat. Roast in oven for about 25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and browned and tomatoes have split, stirring once.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, until a dente (tender but firm). Drain well, reserving 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the cooking water.

Stir pasta into vegetables in baking dish, mashing tomatoes slightly to release juice. Add reserved cooking water, a little at a time, to moisten pasta as desired. Stir in half of the cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


For more protein, serve with seared shrimp or scallops, broiled fish or chicken.

When cutting up the cauliflower florets, cut the remaining head, too, and store with a small amount of water in an airtight container in the refrigerator to have on hand for nibbling.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 440 Calories
Protein: 21 g
Carbohydrate: 58 g
Fat: 16 g
Fibre: 8.8 g
Sodium: 565 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 29 % / 318 mg
Folate: 53 %
Magnesium: 52 %
Phosphorus: 37 %
Vitamin C: 112 %