Cheat's gooey pasta bake

Cheat's gooey pasta bake

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Cooking time

Takes 40-55 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

Easy to throw together vegetarian pasta bake - just layer together and bake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
735
protein
30g
carbs
22g
fat
59g
saturates
26g
fibre
2g
sugar
0g
salt
4.84g

Ingredients

  • 500g tub Neapolitan pasta sauce (from the chiller cabinet)
  • a good handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 250g pkt fresh stuffed spinach and ricotta tortellini
  • 100g pkt mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh parmesan
  • 1 tbsp pine nut
  • mixed salad leaves, to serve

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Method

  1. Assemble the sauce. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan160C. Tip the pasta sauce into a large bowl and thin it down with 100ml/31⁄2fl oz water. Scatter in the basil leaves and tortellini, season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and give it all a really good stir.
  2. Layer it all up. Tip half the pasta mixture into two individual gratin dishes (or one bigger one), tear half of the mozzarella and scatter over each dish. Spoon the rest of the pasta and sauce on top and press the pasta down a little so it doesn’t stick above the sauce too much. Tear the remaining mozzarella and scatter on top with the parmesan and the pine nuts.
  3. Bake and serve. Put the dishes on a baking sheet to catch any spills, and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with a leafy salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2002

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saulmani's picture
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Excellent - I love dinners that take no time at all to prepare yet taste & look great.

jmistovski's picture
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a big hit!

dmcelhinney's picture

loved this recipe. Looks like you have spent ages over it and really satisfying too!

chockagirl's picture

Love this recipe with any stuffed pasta. My brother-in-law usually has a packet of pasta to himself, and was surprised when I told him it was only half on his plate! Baking it seems to make it more filling - don't know why!

fionadee's picture
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easy peasy - a great week night tea!

cazber's picture
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great simple recipe. A last minute tea was quick and tasty. Had two requests for recipes when it was tasted.

traciekan's picture

oh this is now a firm favourite here. tonight i have smothered it with the remains of a mozzarella and tom salad and pine nuts its so delicious. AND takes 5 minutes to make even with a homemade sauce.

gemconyard's picture
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Great recipe, forgot to buy mozzarella so made a quick cheese sauce which worked just as well, all the family loved it and it tasted great even after a couple of days in the fridge.

lesleyweekley's picture

Very quick and easy but a bit disappointed when lifting the mozzarella up with the fork that it didn't spell 'pizza hut' but very scrummy anyway

kickingkatie's picture
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used ham & cheese tortellini, sauce from a jar, added some tuna and courgettes, didn't use pine-nuts, added mozzarella as directed - yummers!

never thought of using tortellini in a pasta bake before :)

bethocallaghan's picture
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Really easy to make - just mix it up and put in the oven and your partner will think you have made an effort after work.

savanah's picture

easy `cheaty' recipe that tastes as if you have spent a long time making it. Pine nuts make it .

I would give it 5 stars as an easy late supper.

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