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Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 4
This pasta bake is simple yet satisfying, great for a weeknight supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal639
  • fat24g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.14g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • good pinch chilli powder
  • 400g spaghetti, broken into short lengths
  • handful basil leaves, plus a few extra
  • 250g pack mozzarella, sliced
  • 50g grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in large pan, add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Add the tomatoes, chilli and seasoning, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti, then drain. Mix the spaghetti with the tomato sauce and basil, then spoon half into a large ovenproof dish. Arrange half the mozzarella over the top and sprinkle with half the Parmesan. Repeat the layers, then bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned on top. Scatter with extra basil and serve with a big green salad.

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Comments (26)

jb5370's picture
5

Cheated and used a big tub of tomato and mascarpone sauce! asted great - love all that melted mozarella.

drusilla's picture
4

Liked this as a veggie alternative to Spag Bol. Would work equally well with pasta shapes, if you have no spaghetti.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
2

Found this very stodgy and boring.

kaff_mca's picture
4

I have to agree with Sally, the sauce could take a little longer to reduce. Also, I found the addition of half an onion and a dash of balsamic vinegar really helped boost teh flavour.
Everyone really liked this new take on spaghetti, it was quick and dead easy to make- well worth a try.

notmum's picture
4

This was a nice quick mid week meal, however the tomato sauce needs a lot longer than 10mins to reduce, I did mine for 15-20 mins and it still came out of the cooker too watery, I was expecting it to thicken up more in the cooker...it didn't. I will do this again but will definitely reduce the sauce a lot more before cooking.

cloclo's picture

This looks very interesting, will try asap!

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