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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krissyb's picture
8th Dec, 2008
I loved this as it was soo quick and simple to make but tasted lovely, great for the weather at the moment!
12th Nov, 2008
reccomended daily allowance of saturated fat is 20g this is 26g this is so waful jamie oliver will be stirring in his sleep!
12th Nov, 2008
Bad bad bad, heart attack on a plate come on people do you want to see your grandchildren grow up! This is not proper food! Shame on you good food!
24th Oct, 2008
Another highly successful recipe and so very easy! It is scenting my kitchen out with delicious aromas even as I type this comment. I kept strictly to the recipe as I wanted to know how long it would take to make - not long, so a winner for anyone who wants to produce a savoury dish quickly. I doubled the quantities so that I could feed a family and it has worked a treat.
23rd Oct, 2008
Has nobody heard there is a recession? Let alone cholestorol levels!! OMG this is not cooking - sorry to be a party pooper but ........ has to be said.
10th Oct, 2008
Really easy to make but so tasty - I did boil the pasta for 3 mins though before assembling in the dish as I found it too al dente when I did not do that
7th Oct, 2008
Excellent - I love dinners that take no time at all to prepare yet taste & look great.
23rd Sep, 2008
a big hit!
6th Jul, 2008
loved this recipe. Looks like you have spent ages over it and really satisfying too!
30th Jun, 2008
Love this recipe with any stuffed pasta. My brother-in-law usually has a packet of pasta to himself, and was surprised when I told him it was only half on his plate! Baking it seems to make it more filling - don't know why!


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