Recipe

Bolognese pasta bake

This delicious bolognese pasta bake is a fun take on the classic Italian lasagne. Serve your family up a big slice of this tasty dish for a warming winter dinner.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Bolognese pasta bake
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 500 gram beef mince
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 700 gram bottle passata
  • 250 gram large spiral pasta
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • rocket salad, to serve

Method

Bolognese pasta bake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). Grease and line a 22cm (base measurement) round springform pan with baking paper.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large saucepan over moderately high heat. Add onion. garlic and mince; cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up lumps, for 5 minutes or until mince is browned.
  • 3
    Add tomato paste; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add passata: simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes or until sauce is thick.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain; return to pan.
  • 5
    Add egg, mince mixture and 1 cup of mozzarella to pasta. Season with salt and pepper; mix well.
  • 6
    Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using the back of a large spoon, press mixture firmly into pan and smooth surface. Top with tomato and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
  • 7
    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Stand in pan for 15 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve with salad.

Notes

Spiral pasta is also known as fusilli.

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