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Goat’s Cheese, Red Pepper, Mushroom and Pesto Fusilli Traybake

If you're looking for a simple pasta bake that's packed with flavour, you can't go wrong with this goat's cheese, mushroom and pesto recipe.

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Rukmini Iyer


This is my version of my sister Padmini’s favourite traybake. When we were flatmates, we’d cook on alternate nights, and I was always so happy to come home and find this in the oven – a lovely, filling vegetarian main.

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3 red peppers, roughly chopped
500g chestnut or portabellini mushrooms
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, smashed
3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp chilli flakes
300g fusilli
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
150g green pesto
A good handful of grated Parmesan cheese
240g goat's cheese


Preheat the oven to 200° C fan/220° C/ gas 7. Tip the peppers, mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, 2 teaspoons of sea salt and the chilli flakes into a really large roasting tin and mix well. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, and cook the fusilli for 11 minutes before draining well.

Add the fusilli and chopped tomatoes to the tin along with a good couple of pinches of sea salt, and mix well. Dollop over the pesto, and scatter over the Parmesan and goat’s cheese. Return to the oven for a further 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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