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tabbycat15 Fri 24-May-13 15:39:55

Does anyone have any pasta bake recipes that are not macaroni cheese or anything with tuna. I'd rather make my own sauce as I don't like any ready made jars. Anything with bacon & mushrooms & some veg would be good.

Rockchick1984 Fri 24-May-13 16:16:53

I often make a big pan of chilli, which is surprisingly lovely turned into pasta bake rather than just served with rice smile

MotherOfNations Fri 24-May-13 16:27:24

I just make a standard tomato based sauce with either mince or chicken. Stir into pasta, put in an oven dish then pour white sauce over the top and plenty of grated cheese. Breadcrumbs on top make for a nice crispy topping.

21mealspluscake Fri 24-May-13 16:28:22

Make tomato sauce with a couple of tins of tomato, lots of garlic and a smidgin of chili flakes. Cook for about 15 minutes then cook penne in the tomato sauce from dried adding 3 cups of water and simmer, stirring for about 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup cream, a handful of torn basil leaves, a ball of mozzarella torn into chunks and top with grated Parmesan. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, let sit for a couple of minutes before serving. Lots of green salad and crusty bread.

DrGoogleWillSeeYouNow Fri 24-May-13 17:41:59

Our family favourites...

Chicken and broccoli pasta bake:

350g pasta shells or quills
200g broccoli, cut into very small florets and the stems thinly sliced
2tbsp olive oil
350g boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
175g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
4tbsp sundried tomato paste
80g packet soft cheese with garlic & herbs (such as Boursin)
284ml carton single cream
For the topping:
bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
85g mature cheddar, grated
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
50g flaked almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5/Fan 170C. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Throw in the pasta, stir well and return to the boil. Cook for 6 minutes then add the broccoli and cook for 5-6 minutes until the pasta is just cooked. Drain well, then return to the pan.

2. Heat the oil in a wide pan, add the chicken pieces and fry until lightly browned. Tip in the mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute, then stir in the tomato paste, cheese and cream. Gently simmer, stirring, until the cheese has melted to thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Pour the sauce over the pasta, stirring gently until coated, then tip into a shallow overnproof dish (about 1.7litre capacity) and level the top.

4.Mix the spring onions, cheddar, garlic and almonds for the topping and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

Macaroni pasticcio

1 tbsp olice oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 rashers bacon, chopped
500g lean beef mince
150ml Marsala or Madeira
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
500g macaroni or other short pasta
2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
50g grated parmesan or Grana Padano

1. Heat the oilce oil in a pan and cook the onion, garlic and bacon for 5 minutes. Add the beef mince, stirring with a wooden spoon to break it up and cook for 3 minutes more. Pour in the Marsala or Madeira and bubble rapidly for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the chopped tomatoes, oregano and some salt and pepper and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/Gas 5. Cook the macaroni in a pan of boiling, salted water for 10 minutes until just about cooked but still firm in the centre. Drain well then return to the pan.

3. Tip half of the pasta into the meat sauce, season well and mix together, then turn out into a large ovenproof dish. Stir in the mascarpone and parmesan or grana padano into the remaining pasta in the pan with 100ml boiling water from the kettle, stirring until the melted mascarpone coats the pasta.

4. Spoon the mascarpone coated pasta into the dish. Bake for 20 minutes until the pasta is golden on top.

Sausage and meatball pasta bake

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
500g good quality pork sausages, skinned or 500g of sausagemeat.
1 white bread slice, whizzed to crumbs in a food processor
1 large free range egg yolk
1 tsp fennel seeds
500g pack pasta
400g can chopped tomatoes
700g jar passata
300ml chicken stock, hot
50g grated Parmesan or Grana Padano
Fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish


1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onion, garlic and rosemary for 5 minutes until softened and golden.

2. Put the sausagemeat in a bowl. Mix in the fried onion, breadcrumbs, egg yolk, fennel seeds and some black pepper. Roll into walnut size balls.

3. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180/Gas 6. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling, slightly salted water for 5 minutes then drain well.

4. Tip the pasta into an ovenproof dish. Mix with the tomatoes, passata, stock and sausage balls. Season, scatter over the cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes until the sausage balls are cooked through.

5. Garnish with a few thyme leaves to serve.

Creamy ham and mushroom pasta bake:
500g bag pasta
50g butter , plus a little extra
200g small mushrooms , halved
bunch spring onions , finely sliced
50g plain flour
500ml milk
140g thickly cut ham , chopped
140g mature cheddar , grated

Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, then drain. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6, then melt a little butter in a large saucepan. Fry the mushrooms for a couple of mins, then scoop out and set aside. Use some kitchen paper to wipe out the pan.

Melt the remaining butter in the pan, then add most of the onions and soften for 1 min. Stir in the flour for another min, then gradually stir in the milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Increase the heat and bubble the sauce, stirring for a few mins to thicken. Turn off the heat, stir in the ham and most of the cheese, then season to taste.

Tip the pasta and mushrooms into a large ovenproof dish, then pour over the sauce and mix well in the dish. Scatter over the remaining cheese and spring onions, then bake for 10 mins until golden.

I love pasta blush

tabbycat15 Sat 25-May-13 12:07:47

Thanks everyone some great recipes,

LittleAbruzzenBear Sat 25-May-13 12:12:06

I do a gnocchi bake. I saute onion, garlic and cherry toms with chilli flakes and a splash of wine. Cook the gnocchi then 'shock' it under cold water to get rid of the starch and prevent mushy gnocchi and mix it in with the sauce. Pour into a baking tin, scatter some mozzarella pieces over the top and grill for 5-10mins. You can change the ingredients around, but you get the idea and the DCs love it.

BlueEyeshadow Sat 25-May-13 19:03:34

Loads here: BBC Good Food pasta bake recipes

You could make a ratatouille-type sauce with bacon and add some pasta to that.

SilveryMoon Sat 25-May-13 19:12:04

Brilliant. Thanks for this thread, have been meaning to look for things more veggie so we don't have to eat meat every night!
This will be very helpful.

Keepthechangeyoufilthyanimal Sun 26-May-13 19:49:40

I've just made one with:
Onions (1 red, 1 white)
Peppers (1 red, 1 green)
Sweet corn
Sweet potato
Grated carrot

All chopped up into 5p piece sort of size, roasted in olive oil until soft with salt & pepper then stir in cooked pasta & 2 cartons of passata, grated cheese and some chunks of mozzarella & bake. Yum!

Annunziata Sun 26-May-13 21:40:52

I make mine with rigatoni or maccheroni. You should only cook the pasta for a little while- about 7 minutes- you don't want it al dente to start with. Add in your ragu sauce (this would include 2 blended tomatoes, pancetta, minced meat, onion, carrot, celery, garlic and basil for me), and then tip it into your big dish to put in the oven. Then I cover it with slices of hard boiled egg and bechamella, you want it quite thick, and then mozzarella on top of that. You'd cook it for 20-25 minutes.

LittleAbruzzenBear Mon 27-May-13 06:15:54

I like your recipe Annunziata, yum, will definitely try that.

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