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Vegan No-Boil Pasta Bake

No-Boil Vegan Baked Ziti - One Dish!

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


No-Boil Vegan Baked Ziti is filled with fresh veggies and a creamy vegan sauce that all comes together in minutes!


  • 12 ounces dry ziti pasta (gluten-free if desired)
  • 28 ounces jarred marinara sauce (I like Rao’s the best)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • optional: 1 medium zucchini, finely diced
  • optional: 1 medium red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, finely diced
  • 4. large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 batch homemade vegan cashew cream (Learn all about How (and Why!) to Soak Cashews in this post)
  • optional: 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1 batch homemade vegan mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • optional: 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • garnish options: fresh parsley and/or fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13 x 9-inch rectangular baking dish and set aside.
  2. Place dry pasta, marinara sauce, water, onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper and spices in the baking dish and stir well to incorporate.
  3. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and remove the aluminum foil. Stir in the vegan cashew cream and spinach while still hot.  Add mozzarella cheese overtop and drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil overtop the cheese.  Next, sprinkle generously with vegan parmesan cheese.  Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes until golden and bubbly.  Broil the last two minutes if desired but watch closely to avoid burning.  
  5. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian

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