Cheese & tomato pasta bakes

Cheese & tomato pasta bakes

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  • Easy
  • Serves 12

This sort of family meal is well worth making in bulk so you can eat one now and freeze the rest for later

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal551
fat27g
saturates13g
carbs60g
sugars14g
fibre4g
protein21g
salt1.96g
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Ingredients

For the cheese sauce & topping

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large, wide pan or wok, then stir-fry the peppers for 5 mins. Add the chopped garlic and mushrooms, and cook for 5 mins more.

  • STEP 2

    Pour in the passata and stock, then stir in the oregano, olives and courgettes with plenty of black pepper. Leave to simmer, stirring frequently, for 10-15 mins until the vegetables are just tender and the sauce has reduced a little. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions.

  • STEP 3

    To make the cheese sauce, pour the milk into a large pan and add the butter, flour, nutmeg and seasoning. Heat, stirring or whisking all the time until smooth and thickened. Stir in half the cheese and allow it to melt into the sauce.

  • STEP 4

    Drain the pasta and add to the tomato mixture. Pile into 2 or 3 baking dishes, pack down well, then pour over the cheese sauce (it helps to let the sauce cool and thicken a little before using so that it stays as a layer). Scatter with the remaining cheese and the bread.

  • STEP 5

    If eating now, bake at 200C/180C fan/ gas 6 for 40 mins until bubbling and golden. Serve with a salad.

RECIPE TIPS
FREEZE FOR ANOTHER MEAL

To freeze, cool completely, top with baking parchment, then wrap in foil. Will freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw for 5 hrs at room temperature, then cook at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 1 hr. To cook from frozen, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cook, covered with foil, for 2 hrs. Remove foil and cook, uncovered, for 45 mins, or until golden and hot through.

JUST WANT TO SERVE ONE PORTION?

Divide into individual portions and freeze as above. They need less time to cook from frozen, but make sure they’re bubbling and hot before serving.

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