Bolognese Pasta Bake

This is a perfect dish for a midweek dinner. Simple to put together, delicious and big enough to feed the whole family. Pasta is such a favourite in our house so I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to use it. I recently made a lasagne and wanted to recreate it in a similar way but with less time on my hands and a very hungry husband, I did away with the white sauce and pasta sheets and just combined the delicious meaty bolognese with the uncooked pasta. The dish creates itself in the oven and is a new favourite for us - just be careful when fighting over the crispy, cheesy topping. YUM!

 

 

Ingredients

 

1 Onion

1 Large Garlic Clove

450g Beef Mince

800g Crushed Tomatoes

1 Heaped Tbsp Tomato Puree

125mls Red Wine

Salt and Pepper (to season)

250g Dried Pasta (Penne/Macaroni etc)

100g Grated Mozzarella

 

Method

 

Finely chop the onion and place into a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Slowly sauté until the onions become soft and translucent and then add the garlic. Cook for a further minute, then add the beef mince and cook until brown.

Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato puree and red wine. Stir to combine and simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

In an oven proof dish, place the dried pasta and pour over the bolognese sauce. Stir the sauce through the pasta and pour over 1/4 cup of water . Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil, top with the cheese and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until bubbly and golden.