Frankie pasta bake

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins Ready in 40 minutes


Serves 2
A simple student pasta and tomato dish - delicious, filling and cheap to boot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal501
  • fat22g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre5g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.78g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, chopped



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  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can cherry or chopped tomatoes
  • pinch sugar



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  • few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 100g rigatoni or other tube-shaped pasta
  • 50g Gruyère or cheddar, grated



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  • hunk of baguette or sliced bread, coarsely grated
  • 2 frankfurters, sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a medium pan and fry the onion for 5 mins until softened and lightly golden. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further min. Mix in the tomatoes and sugar, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins. Add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and season to taste. This basic sauce can now be chilled or frozen, see recipe intro.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Heat the grill to high. Mix together the cheese and breadcrumbs.

  3. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. Tip in the frankfurters and spoon into a heatproof dish. Scatter over the cheesy crumbs and grill for 3-5 mins or until bubbling hot and golden. Serve with a simple salad.

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Comments (53)

alicesheikh's picture

I added a bay leaf, dried oregano and a pinch a celery salt when adding the tomatoes (I used passata). Worked well with sausages and crispy bacon!

dwatson27's picture

I was looking for a basic sauce to use with cold pasta as the basis for a pasta salad. This was just the ticket! I added about half a teaspoon of dried basil with the tinned cherry tomatoes. Great! It would work well with the chopped tomatoes but the tinned cherry tomatoes ( although more expensive) gave an added texture. Made the sauce and cooked the pasta, cooled and then combined. 5 stars for ease and simplicity.

carolhylands's picture

loved this recipe because it was so quick and easy. Used chorizo instead of frankfurters, which made it really tasty. Will definitely do it again.

clairegracem's picture

Easy, cheap and tastes great. Will make again.

traceybrain's picture

Tasty but needs more than two frankfurters or you hardly notice them!

amy_92's picture

Made this for dinner tonight, as a student I loved it because it was cheap and pretty simple to make. I gave it a kick by adding chilli powder, chilli flakes and some paprika.

freddie73's picture

Quick and very tasty. I used emmental and welsh cheddar cheese and alot more garlic. Will cook this again.

lizleicester's picture

Really simple, easy filler. Not exciting but tasty and warming.

molskg's picture

i made4 this for all the family, although a simple dish its very yummy and due to some vegetarians in the family i too did not include the frankfurters, however whilst the sauce was cooking i left a cinamon stick in there, this i felt gave it some extra flavour, i also added a dash of chilli powder - just to give it the tiniest kick!

gooseuk7's picture

When making this I doubled the ingredients to serve 4. I found the original sauce a bit sour even after putting in some sugar! Instead of the frankfurters I used 300g of chorizo and 2 chicken breast! I allowed the sauce to stand for a while and then boiled the chicken in chicken stock and added the stock and chicken to the sauce just before I cooked the pasta. This was absolutely delicious, so simple to make and really filling!!

zowiets's picture

I was looking for something I could make with the odd bits I had left from my weekly shop. This was gorgeous. I added some mushrooms, some oregano (I love my oregano) and took out the sausages. I didn't stick to ingredient measurements but I never do because I tend to eat larger portions anyway.

cvalery82's picture

If you add some chopped bacon to this it would just make a killing!
great recipe

princessflo1's picture

Got back from going shopping and realised I hadn't got anything for my lunch! Started making it, but half way through started changing it to fit my own recipe. I didn't put in any bread crumbs because I was feeling too lazy, and whilst making the sauce decided to put in about 1/4 of the can (from the tomatoes) full of milk to make it a bit smoother. Blended it too, cause I like all of my food smooth - just the sauce though! Delicious recipe with a tin of tuna too. Just made it and I love it!

thecherub's picture

This was tasty and simple to do. we added peppers As suggested by others. Would add some tomato paste as well next time I think as well. We also used more frankies!! Was really good comfort food.

jancall's picture

The kids love this dish and it's so quick and easy.

megarrr's picture

Very Tasty. Will make again!

erinrosep's picture

Made this midweek and was a big hit! Definately will make again!

angiec_33's picture

Absolutely fantastic! Goes well with any sausage and you don't have to do the bake either, just add the sauce to your pasta, sprinkle on some cheese and eat! Yum!

angiec_33's picture

Absolutely fantastic! Goes well with any sausage and you don't have to do the bake either, just add the sauce to your pasta, sprinkle on some cheese and eat! Yum!

smoyses2909's picture

Made this for dinner today. Instead of frankfurters I added chunks of chorizo into the simmering sauce just before it was ready to add to the pasta. For seasoning I added a splash of tabasco sauce as well as mixed herbs and basil. We too added a salad to the side to make a perfect evening meal. Overall, a tasty and easy-to-make dish for those nights where you want something nice but quick. Definitely a new dish to add to the regular choices. :)


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