Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 4
This pasta bake is simple yet satisfying, great for a weeknight supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal639
  • fat24g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.14g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • good pinch chilli powder
  • 400g spaghetti, broken into short lengths
  • handful basil leaves, plus a few extra
  • 250g pack mozzarella, sliced
  • 50g grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in large pan, add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Add the tomatoes, chilli and seasoning, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti, then drain. Mix the spaghetti with the tomato sauce and basil, then spoon half into a large ovenproof dish. Arrange half the mozzarella over the top and sprinkle with half the Parmesan. Repeat the layers, then bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned on top. Scatter with extra basil and serve with a big green salad.

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gemconyard
22nd Feb, 2012
5.05
Really loved this, added some bacon lardons which worked really well. My husband always moans when we have pasta as he's not the biggest fan but he actually went back for seconds of this one! Simple, good, cheap midweek meal :-)
dersleg
9th Feb, 2012
5.05
Have made this recipe a number of times since it appeared in GF. I add more garlic and also a good handful of almonds to give it a bit of crunch. Given that it is essentially a pizza mix (tomato and mozzarella) I think that pretty much anything that you would sling on top of a pizza would go well in this.
sipsik
26th Jan, 2012
5.05
Made this with whole grain spaghetti and tomato purée instead of canned tomatoes. Also, i used Pecorino instead of Parmesan; i sprinkled it on top after removing the bake from oven first. Our dinner turned out fine. Thanks for easy and tasty recipe. :)
laurenlovesrique
8th Dec, 2011
can anyone tell me what 200C/180C fan/gas is??
joannathomas
24th Sep, 2011
4.05
I added onion, celery and chilli flakes to the tomato sauce - tasted lovely!
sammiebabesxo
19th Sep, 2011
4.05
I tried this last night, was absolutely delicious! On with trying another one of these BBC good food recipies tonight!
lucycruddas
18th Sep, 2011
Will add onion,mushrooms and oregano to the tomato sauce - and then some garlic bread on the side. Looks absolutely delicious cant wait to try it.
mponn06s
15th Apr, 2011
this was a lovely, simple meal to cook as a 16 year old!! i would leave the sauce in for slightly longer as said before :)
xnr431
2nd Apr, 2011
5.05
Add a little Balsamic vinegar, use really good quality ingredients, and this is a perfect dish for pasta lovers!! Enjoy :)
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dragonma5306
3rd Apr, 2010
4.05
Nice and tasty and quick and easy to make. I also added some chopped onion and a tablespoon or so of red-wine vinegar. I used only 300g of spaghetti as 400g seemed rather a lot! Served 4 comfortably and the sauce was just right for that amount of pasta.

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