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Frankie pasta bake

Frankie pasta bake

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(44 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
    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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20th Feb, 2011
I really enjoyed this, though I doubled up the amount of pasta.
12th Feb, 2011
Not good with Gruyere cheese. Smelled the house out. The sauce is good though.
20th Dec, 2010
Great dish that is eay to make. The kids loved it.
6th Aug, 2010
Ive just had this. it was ok.. Ive made better things :-|
4th Aug, 2010
ideal for my teenager sons
3rd May, 2010
Worked really well! But should have stuck to the recommended amount of pasta. Extra 50g made it about enough for 3 people instead. Used crispy bacon instead of frankfurters which was very tasty!
17th Nov, 2009
there is no room for frankfurters on this GOOD food website.
9th Nov, 2009
LOVE IT !!! Have adapted this loads and it is now a firm family favourite.
24th Sep, 2009
I found the simmer time to be a little short - there still seemed a bit too much raw tomato taste for my liking. It's adequate, and I'll probably make it again for a quick and easy meal.
17th Aug, 2009
Very yummy. Did with Linda Mcartney sausages, worked very well. Also I served with rocket salad.


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