Italian Vegetable Bake

This light and delicious meal is a perfect weekend lunch or weekday dinner. It’s loaded with vegetables and, therefore, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy nutrients. It DOES contain mozzarella, so it’s not suitable for vegans, but you can substitute vegan-certified cheese or leave the cheese out altogether if you prefer. I’ve found this recipe at the BBC Food Blog here.

I like this recipe a lot as it reminds me of my travels to Italy. It has a real Italian flavor and is a good substitute for less healthy pizza. As the Italians would say, it’s Bellissimo!

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 6 hours
Serves: 6 persons


  • 4 garlic cloves, 3 crushed, 1 left whole
  • 14 oz. can chopped tomato
  • 1 bunch oregano leaves chopped
  • 1 large pinch chili flakes
  • 12 oz. aubergine, sliced
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • ½ large jar roasted red peppers
  • 3 beef tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bunch basil, torn (save a few leaves for sprinkling over)
  • 1 small baguette, sliced and toasted
  • 2 x 4 oz. balls mozzarella, torn


Set your slow cooker to High leave it to heat up. Meanwhile, combine the crushed garlic, canned tomatoes, half the oregano leaves, and chili in a bowl. Pour the contents of the bowl into your slow cooker and then cover and cook while you work with the other ingredients.

Layer up half the vegetables and herbs with a portion of the seasoning. Add a layer of bread, rubbed with the whole garlic clove plus half the mozzarella some of the tomato sauce. Make another vegetable layer and top with the last of the bread and mozzarella. Smother in the remaining sauce. Press everything down with the back of a ladle to compress the ingredients together. Cook on Low for six hours.

Finish the bake off by browning under the grill until golden and bubbling. Serve with the remaining basil leaves and a big salad on the side.

Note: If you don’t have a slow cooker you can convert this recipe for your oven, learn how in this article.

Picture credits & original recipe: BBC Good Food.

Nutrition per serving 

  • 274 calories
  • 14 grams protein
  • 31 grams carbohydrates
  • 4 grams fiber
  • 10 grams fat

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