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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22nd Oct, 2011
We loved this, and it was SO easy. I only made 2 small changes to the recipe :- less sugar as suggested by others on here and I substituted the full fat creme fraiche with half fat. It was still lovely and creamy. A big hit with my family.
23rd Aug, 2011
As others have said: this is very easy to make and tastes great.
18th Jul, 2011
This was tasty comfort food. I made my own version of bolognese and then proceeded with the rest of the recipe - would do again.
28th Jun, 2011
This was one of the tastiest pasta meals I've ever had. We only had a packet of 500 ml of passata with nothing added so we just fried up an onion first with some crushed garlic. To make up for the lack of passata we just added a little bit of water, some tomato puree and a dash of worcester sauce. Every one is right about the sugar, you only need a teaspoon NOT a tablespoon. I thought this was a great mid week meal especially as it made a big portion, definately enough for six. (unless you have a husband like mine who ate four portions whilst my daughter and I had a portion each!) So serve with garlic bread if you have burly blokes or large family ! - A great value meal with a great taste.
1st Jun, 2011
Quite enjoyed this one. Easy to make and tasty result.
8th May, 2011
I dont like spag bol but i thought id give this a go. loved it although very creamy would definatly have again.
13th Apr, 2011
This was ok for something different but I'm not sure if I'd cook it again.
9th Feb, 2011
This went down a storm, my teenage daughter is unbelievably fussy and claimed she wouldnt like this. However, she managed to force this down and her plate was scraped clean and had seconds!! Well recommended, very easy and quick to make. Brilliant family tea.
20th Jan, 2011
you can also make this using a chilli recipe instead of bolognese,and top with mozzerela and a sprinkle of parmesan.Yum!
Frantic Flapjack
20th Jan, 2011
I replaced the minced beef with 2 tins of tuna and also used 1tsp of sugar - a tablespoon is far too much. Also fried up an onion to add to the mixture. This was really lovely and the unusual topping went very well too.


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