Frankie pasta bake

Frankie pasta bake

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(43 ratings)

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)

amybelle's picture

I made this with double the amount of pasta and veggie hot dogs (frozen and thrown in with the cooking pasta then taken out and cut up as per the recipe) but the same amount of sauce with mushrooms added in and my family loved it although my son (who is very funny about things being too cheesy/creamy) thought the topping was too cheesy. It's an excellent base for more adventurous bakes!

teresag1963's picture

Very nice, when I do this again thou I would use two tins of tomatoes to give more of a sauce, enjoyed by all and I would do this again.

missashalee's picture

i like the sound of this it's quick and easy

bethocallaghan's picture

We used Kabanos instead of frankfurters and I also added a red pepper with the onion. I used a bit more pasta for two people - 200g instead of 100g - we tend to eat too much.

dyewendy's picture

This was enjoyed by all the family and even approved even by my 3 year son! Used veggie sausages and tomato ketchup in place of the Worc sauce (as suggested by the 3 year old!) Will be making again.

gem090383's picture

I think they mean you can freeze the sauce but not the pasta, this sounds nice, think I will try it

zoebazuin's picture

I would possibly make it again, but not freeze it, that was not successful, the pasta ended up very dry, and uneatable (well, for any body else but my family!)

carols07's picture

So simple and really, really tasty! Went down a treat!

danceunite's picture

Coverted this recipe for the slimming world diet! Great and quick meal!

gemcheat's picture

Yummy quick meal!

fairgroundattraction's picture

This was really good though I used Veggie sausages instead of frankfurters. I also used soy sauce instead of Worchester sauce as my sister has allergies

georgieleigh's picture

Quick tasty and with the substitution of meat free hot dog sausages approved by my vegetarian daughter


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