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
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  • 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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29th Jun, 2008
easy peasy - a great week night tea!
27th Jun, 2008
great simple recipe. A last minute tea was quick and tasty. Had two requests for recipes when it was tasted.
23rd Jun, 2008
oh this is now a firm favourite here. tonight i have smothered it with the remains of a mozzarella and tom salad and pine nuts its so delicious. AND takes 5 minutes to make even with a homemade sauce.
15th Jun, 2008
Great recipe, forgot to buy mozzarella so made a quick cheese sauce which worked just as well, all the family loved it and it tasted great even after a couple of days in the fridge.
11th Jun, 2008
Very quick and easy but a bit disappointed when lifting the mozzarella up with the fork that it didn't spell 'pizza hut' but very scrummy anyway
22nd May, 2008
used ham & cheese tortellini, sauce from a jar, added some tuna and courgettes, didn't use pine-nuts, added mozzarella as directed - yummers! never thought of using tortellini in a pasta bake before :)
22nd Apr, 2008
Really easy to make - just mix it up and put in the oven and your partner will think you have made an effort after work.
19th Apr, 2008
easy `cheaty' recipe that tastes as if you have spent a long time making it. Pine nuts make it . I would give it 5 stars as an easy late supper.


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