Recipe

Baked bolognese pasta

A creamy layer of ricotta and parmesan is just the tip of this delicious recipe. Hearty veal and pork mince pasta satisfy your winter comfort food cravings.

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Baked bolognese pasta
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium (150 g) brown onion, chopped finely
  • 1 medium (120 g) carrot, grated finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 250 gram pork mince
  • 250 gram veal mince
  • 2 400 g cans peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken stock or water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • 2 cup (500 g) fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (80 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 375 gram mini penne rigate pasta (or other short pasta)
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, extra

Method

Baked bolognese pasta
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to very hot (240°C/220°C fan-forced). Grease a 2.5 L (10-cup) oven-proof dish.
  • 2
    In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the onion is soft. Add the minces to the pan. Cook, stirring, until browned.
  • 3
    Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste and stock. Bring to the boil and then simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until it has thickened slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water until just tender; drain. Return the pasta to the pan. Combine the mince mixture with pasta, pour into the prepared dish.
  • 5
    In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta and half the parmesan; spread over the top of the hot mince and pasta mixture. Drizzle with extra oil. Top with the remaining parmesan. Bake in a very hot oven about 15 minutes or until browned.

Notes

Serve with a green salad, if desired.

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