Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

This pasta bake is simple yet satisfying, great for a weeknight supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal639
  • fat24g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.14g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes



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

  • good pinch chilli powder
  • 400g spaghetti, broken into short lengths
  • handful basil leaves, plus a few extra
  • 250g pack mozzarella, sliced
  • 50g grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



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


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in large pan, add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Add the tomatoes, chilli and seasoning, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti, then drain. Mix the spaghetti with the tomato sauce and basil, then spoon half into a large ovenproof dish. Arrange half the mozzarella over the top and sprinkle with half the Parmesan. Repeat the layers, then bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned on top. Scatter with extra basil and serve with a big green salad.

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16th Jan, 2013
Sauce was bland and end result was dry. Next time, I would probably use a sauce I already like, then just stick it under the grill to melt the cheese rather than baking it.
26th Nov, 2012
I also added an onion and balsamic, but still found this dish lacking a bit in flavour.
16th Aug, 2012
I made this using my own tomato sauce (soffrito of carrot onion celery and garlic, tin of tomatoes, tomato purée salt and pepper) and it was delicious. My 3yo and 1yo cleared their plates. Definitely a make again, quick supper. It can be made ahead too, which makes it perfect for after work.
22nd Feb, 2012
Really loved this, added some bacon lardons which worked really well. My husband always moans when we have pasta as he's not the biggest fan but he actually went back for seconds of this one! Simple, good, cheap midweek meal :-)
9th Feb, 2012
Have made this recipe a number of times since it appeared in GF. I add more garlic and also a good handful of almonds to give it a bit of crunch. Given that it is essentially a pizza mix (tomato and mozzarella) I think that pretty much anything that you would sling on top of a pizza would go well in this.
26th Jan, 2012
Made this with whole grain spaghetti and tomato purée instead of canned tomatoes. Also, i used Pecorino instead of Parmesan; i sprinkled it on top after removing the bake from oven first. Our dinner turned out fine. Thanks for easy and tasty recipe. :)
8th Dec, 2011
can anyone tell me what 200C/180C fan/gas is??
24th Sep, 2011
I added onion, celery and chilli flakes to the tomato sauce - tasted lovely!
19th Sep, 2011
I tried this last night, was absolutely delicious! On with trying another one of these BBC good food recipies tonight!
18th Sep, 2011
Will add onion,mushrooms and oregano to the tomato sauce - and then some garlic bread on the side. Looks absolutely delicious cant wait to try it.


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