Bolognese bake

Bolognese bake

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(39 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6

Give your bolognese a new lease of life with penne pasta and crème fraîche

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal449
  • fat15g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.85g
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  • 400g lean minced beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed Italian herbs
  • 690ml jar passata with onions and garlic
  • 350g penne
  • 200ml tub half-fat crème fraîche
  • 25g parmesan, grated



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

  • garlic bread and salad, to serve



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…


  1. Heat grill to high. In a large, non-stick frying pan, fry the mince until browned. Add the garlic, sugar and herbs, and cook for 1 min more. Pour over the passata, add seasoning, then simmer while you cook pasta, following the pack instructions.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the crème fraîche and Parmesan. Spoon half the mince into an ovenproof dish. Mix the rest with the pasta and pour this on top. Drizzle over the Parmesan cream and grill until golden and bubbling. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

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11th May, 2012
This was really nice, I used a teaspoon of sugar following the other reviews but next time I think i'd reduce it to a 1/2. It was great though, very simple!
22nd Apr, 2012
Doubled this for a crowd and it was very tasty. I didn't add much sugar, made a wee bit more creamy topping than stated plus added grated cheese on top.
25th Mar, 2012
On paper this recipe called out to me, but when eating I just wasn't that keen. It just seemed a bit...bland. My boyfriend enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I'd bother making again.
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27th Nov, 2013
I found adding, smoked paprika and a little cumin (add to your own taste) picked the taste up. I also added grated mozzarella to the parmesan and creme fraiche. Don't go by the recipe like it was the gospel if you think it needs something add it, make it your own.
4th Mar, 2012
Added mushrooms and onions, could only get pasta sauce from local shop, think would be tastier with the recommended passata
29th Feb, 2012
Made this on Saturday then again on Monday. Went down very well, even with my mum who is not keen on pasta or mince. I didn't add any sugar, garlic or herbs as I prefer more simple, less fussy food and it tasted great. I really like the combination of the grated cheese with the creme fraiche. I'll be adding it to a few more recipes.
30th Jan, 2012
Loved it, I'm sure it would taste even better when following the recipe properly, but this is absolutely something I will make again with what ever I have at the time.
30th Jan, 2012
Loved it, I'm sure it would taste even better when following the recipe properly, but this is absolutely something I will make again with what ever I have at the time.
30th Jan, 2012
Am just cooking this and made a couple of changes as trying to use things we have rather than buy in foods specially. I had a half jar of pasta sauce left over which I have used instead of the passata and added some water and tom puree, also have fusilli pasta in the cupboard so that is being used instead. I fried some onion to start with too as someone else had tried this previously. I only have cheddar cheese so have used that in the creme fraiche with the help of my 5 year old so fingers crossed it will still be as tasty with these changes!?!
27th Oct, 2011
just cooked this for tea and it was stunning. we used a jar of tomatoe and garlic pasta sauce and it worked brilliantly. we did find it a little sweet but that's what we loved about it.


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