Mild chilli & bean pasta bake

Mild chilli & bean pasta bake

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(83 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

Whip up a healthy chilli and bean pasta meal that's full of fibre and vitamin B

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen
  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal675
  • fat24g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs73g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre13g
  • protein51g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 340g extra-lean minced beef
  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 410g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can kidney bean in water, drained and rinsed
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 300ml beef or chicken stock
  • 300g wholewheat penne

For the topping

  • ½ x 568g tub 0% fat Greek yogurt



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g Red Leicester cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed


  1. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan, add the onion and celery, season with pepper and a little salt, then cook until soft. Remove vegetables and set aside. Brown the mince in the pan, a handful at a time, tossing with a fork as you go. Only add a splash of oil if the mixture begins to stick too much. Once browned, tip into a sieve to remove any excess fat.

  2. Return mince and cooked veg to the frying pan, add the chilli powder, tomatoes, tomato purée, beans and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain, stir into the mince and spoon into a large lasagne dish. Mix the yogurt, eggs, cheese and garlic together and season lightly. Spoon over the top of the pasta and bake for 20-25 mins or until lightly browned.

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jburton's picture
27th May, 2009
This sounds great. Will defo be giving this a try. ThomMitch has said its a bit like a combo of Chilli con Carni/Lasagne/Moussaka, it does sound like it so im going to add a touch of nutmeg to the topping. I will be back to comment on this dish, i have all the ingredients in (apart from mince) to make this, so im going to grab some decent mince and give it a bash.x
28th Apr, 2009
A bit of a combo of chilli con carne, lasagne and mousaka. Very nice. 300g of pasta is way too much though!
23rd Apr, 2009
This is easy enough and tasty enough for a mid-week meal but not anything special. One good thing about this recipe is the portions are huge - so it's good if you're feeding hungry people - you could easily make this feed six if you served it with a salad as well. It's not bad, but I wouldn't be in a terrible hurry to make this again, there's many more delicious meals to be had.
12th Apr, 2009
Anybody tried this using the "GOOD FOOD"chilli recipie adding pasta and cheese topping.WICKED!!
timchild's picture
1st Apr, 2009
This dish takes quite a while to make, and the results are nice but not outstanding. I added more seasoning, and even then its a bit dull. Next time I try I would probably add more herbs and some other things to bring some interest. However its perfectly good midweek food, and very cheap to make.
25th Mar, 2009
I really enjoyed this although my tribe weren't too keen on the topping, so next time I'll just sprinkle grated cheese on top.
19th Mar, 2009
I really didn't enjoy this meal at all. I found it very dry and boring and so did all the family. I have frozen the leftovers and looking at other comments, this is probably a bad idea. I won't be making this again.
3rd Mar, 2009
Very nice and easy to make. I`am not agreat lover of the Greek yogurt though. The rest of the family did however. As per other comments about the number it will serve.. they all must be Desperate Dans to shift this in four portions
4th Feb, 2009
Great recipe and a great find. Simple, easy to prepare yet delicious. Healthy wintery comfort food, ideal for a quick midweek meal or saturday night dvd curl-up fare. I added garlic too and plenty of the stuff (a garlic fan!!) and used instead for the topping fat free fromage frais, simply because that is what I had in the fridge. Definitely will make again - and soon!!
14th Nov, 2008
This dish is a perfect mid-week meal. I prepared it for some friends and they loved it! They couldn't beleive i cooked it! Reading some of the comments i used cheddar and parmesan cheese together with some breadcrumbs instead of the topping mix. Absolutely will be making again! :)


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