Spinach Asparagus Casserole

One of those nights I was really craving vegetables and warm gooey pasta.

Ingredients

1tbsp olive oil
2 cups dry pasta – fusilli or penne or whatever you like i suppose
1/2 onion
3 garlic cloves
2 cups chopped asparagus
2 cups frozen spinach
1/2 green pepper
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chickpeas
1 can pizza sauce
1/2tsp thyme
1/2tsp oregano
1/4tsp sage
salt and pepper
hot sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
bread crumbs

Directions

Heat olive oil in deep pan. Chop onion, cook until soft. Add chopped asparagus, green pepper, and carrot. Toss with diced garlic cloves, spices, salt and pepper. Add chickpeas and frozen spinach. Cook 10mins.  Add can of pizza sauce with some water to dilute.  Cook mixture until chickpeas are soft.

Meanwhile boil salted water until pasta is al dente. Stop cooking process by draining and placing pasta in cold water. Take out baking pan, not sure the size, smallish. 8×12? Anyways, plop in pasta and top with vegetable mixture. Toss together. Top with shredded cheese, bread crumbs and pepper.

Set oven for 350 celcius and let back for 20mins. Broil for 5 to brown top.

I add hotsauce to the mixture either before or after cooking depending on who is eating/how much heat they can handle.