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

    Olive oil

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    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

    Tomato

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    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

    Parmesan

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

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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catie74
11th Nov, 2016
Bland, dry, not great
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shilpatij
31st Aug, 2014
5.05
Made this tonight for my family and it was liked by all! I followed the recipe, but did add one red onion, two extra cloves of garlic, one red pepper and a small jar of tomato and basil pizza sauce - wonderful! Will be making this dish again, with fresh (but cooked) chorizo.
shechapter127
11th Jan, 2014
A simple crowd pleaser. You can't really go wrong with a pasta bake. We added some mushrooms and plan to add some more veg next time we make it.
julesgirl
18th Mar, 2013
5.05
U don't hav to add chilli flakes though if u don't like them! :¬)
julesgirl
18th Mar, 2013
5.05
This is one of my favourite meals, I LOVE it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much it is completely delic!!!!!!!!! I completely recemend this to anyone and everyone!
cjayshore
10th Mar, 2013
REALLY yummy - added anchovies and capers as they needed using up and it was great!
chatonette
16th Jan, 2013
2.05
Sauce was bland and end result was dry. Next time, I would probably use a sauce I already like, then just stick it under the grill to melt the cheese rather than baking it.
marieb1
26th Nov, 2012
4.05
I also added an onion and balsamic, but still found this dish lacking a bit in flavour.
GVB
16th Aug, 2012
5.05
I made this using my own tomato sauce (soffrito of carrot onion celery and garlic, tin of tomatoes, tomato purée salt and pepper) and it was delicious. My 3yo and 1yo cleared their plates. Definitely a make again, quick supper. It can be made ahead too, which makes it perfect for after work.
gemconyard
22nd Feb, 2012
5.05
Really loved this, added some bacon lardons which worked really well. My husband always moans when we have pasta as he's not the biggest fan but he actually went back for seconds of this one! Simple, good, cheap midweek meal :-)

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