Cheat's gooey pasta bake

Easy pasta bake

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(36 ratings)

Takes 40-55 minutes


Serves 2

Easy to throw together vegetarian pasta bake - just layer together and bake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal735
  • fat59g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt4.84g


  • 500g tub Neapolitan pasta sauce (from the chiller cabinet)
  • a good handful of fresh basil leaves



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 250g pkt fresh stuffed spinach and ricotta tortellini
  • 100g pkt mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh parmesan



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

  • 1 tbsp pine nut
  • mixed salad leaves, to serve


  1. Assemble the sauce. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan160C. Tip the pasta sauce into a large bowl and thin it down with 100ml/31⁄2fl oz water. Scatter in the basil leaves and tortellini, season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and give it all a really good stir.

  2. Layer it all up. Tip half the pasta mixture into two individual gratin dishes (or one bigger one), tear half of the mozzarella and scatter over each dish. Spoon the rest of the pasta and sauce on top and press the pasta down a little so it doesn’t stick above the sauce too much. Tear the remaining mozzarella and scatter on top with the parmesan and the pine nuts.

  3. Bake and serve. Put the dishes on a baking sheet to catch any spills, and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with a leafy salad.

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26th May, 2019
Really lovely and tasty meal. So quick, too. I think I might try different cheese next time, and not layer it in the middle. The mozzarella just didn't melt well. Might go with just cheddar or parmesan and only layer it on the top.
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Elora Smith
14th Sep, 2018
Parmesan cheese is not vegetarian.
22nd Jan, 2018
Tasty & quick, the sauce I used didn't need extra water, I used 200g tortellini and 300g tub of sauce.
22nd Sep, 2016
Great dinner , only takes five mins to throw together. Didn't need to add any extra water but I suppose it depends on the brand of pasta sauce. A few other commentors have said this isnt a proper recipe but so what! This recipe is perfect for days when you're not in the mood to cook and is still not as unhealthy or expensive as a takeaway pizza. Not everyone lives in the UK and it's not easy where I live to find decent vegetarian options for eating out, ready meals etc
2nd Feb, 2015
this is not a recipe, it's a combination of bought ready made ingredients. Plus there is too much cheese! not 'good food' at all.
19th Oct, 2015
Dry your eyes. Comment on recipes you've actually tried. If you don't like the look of something then move on.
17th Apr, 2011
I loved this, but husband and son were indifferent. Probably because I love cheesy pasta bakes,, and they don't! Shame, because it's so easy.
17th Dec, 2010
Was not impressed with this at all.
8th Apr, 2010
I made it as well and I loved it! So easy to make and so delicious! I have a few of these in my freezer for when I get home late from work (or going out) and don't want to cook.
9th Jul, 2009
So simple, so easy and so tasty!


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