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Bolognese Pasta bake in a serving dish

Bolognese Pasta Bake

A twist on the classic 'Spag Bol'. A hearty dish packed with classic flavours.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 998 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg minced beef
  • 400 g Pasta Penne/Shell/Fusilli
  • 500 g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 125 g Mozzarella Cheese cubed grated is just as good
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 200 g Broccoli & Cauliflower florets
  • 500 g Passata sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 2 tbsp Oil veg/sunflower/virgin/spray

Instructions
 

  • Add the oil to a deep pan on a medium heat.
  • Add to the pan the Onion, Carrots and crushed/pureeā€™d garlic and lightly fry for 5-10 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
    Carrots And Onions In A Frying Pan
  • Break up the minced beef and add it to the pan.
  • Add a little pepper and Italian seasoning and continue to fry until all of the mince is browned.
  • Once the mince is browned sprinkle the flour over the contents of the pan and give it a good stir in, ensuring the flour has evenly coated. (the flour absorbs the fats and helps thicken the sauce.)
  • Add the Passata Sauce, a little Salt, Pepper, and Italian seasoning (to your liking), and give a good stir, ensuring its all well mixed.
  • Add the Broccoli and Cauliflower florets (you may need to cut these smaller) and mix in.
    Bolognese with vegetables in pan
  • Turn the heat down to a simmer temperature and let it simmer for 40 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Heat oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 5
  • Whilst the bolognese is simmering, boil the pasta
  • Once the pasta is cooked, drain the pasta and mix together both the pasta and bolognese
  • Spoon the Pasta Bolognese into a large oven dish and spread evenly
  • Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the pasta bolognese and then add the mozzarella on top
    bolognese pasta bake ready for the oven
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is a golden brown colour
    bolognese pasta bake in the oven
  • Serve with garlic bread, tuck in, and enjoy!
    Bolognese Pasta bake in a serving dish

Notes

For less servings simply reduce the ingredients. 500g of mince will serve 3-6 people.
Keyword Bolognese, cheese, Pasta