Easy Pasta Bake Recipe

This recipe is essentially a spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne hybrid. My kids love spaghetti bolognaise, but to be honest I get a little bit sick of eating it as frequently as they would like it. This pasta bake at least puts a little more variety into the family menu plan.

Easy Pasta Bake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams butter
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 750 mls milk
  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 425 grams tinned tomatoes
  • 3 tbps tomato paste
  • 500 gms large pasta spirals
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 750 grams pasta sauce
  • 1 onion


Method:

This recipe makes quite a large meal, so is great for when you would like to feed many mouths or have some left over for another night.

Meat Sauce Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Finely chop onion.
  3. Chop tomatoes in the tin, so that they are in small pieces.
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan.
  5. Add onion and garlic and fry for 2 – 3 minutes.
  6. Add the meat and cook. Break it up as it is cooking.
  7. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and blend well, until excess liquid is evapourated.
  8. Stir in pasta sauce, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  9. Place water on to boil and add pasta once boiling.
  10. Drain pasta once cooked.
  11. Spray the bottom of the lasagne dish lightly with olive oil.
  12. Spread half of the pasta on to the lasagne dish.
  13. Top evenly with meat sauce.
  14. Spread remaining pasta into the dish.
  15. Add the remaining meat mixture, then top with white sauce. (See instructions below.)
  16. Cover with foil and bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  17. Remove foil and cook until the top is golden.

White Sauce Instructions

  1. Chop butter roughly and place in a microwave jug and add flour.
  2. Cook for approx 45 seconds on high in microwave.
  3. Stir vigorously to make a smooth paste.
  4. Add milk, stir again and cook in microwave for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir again, getting lumps out, particularly from the bottom.
  6. Cook for approximately another 2 minutes.
  7. Keep going like this until the mixture is smooth and thick.
Easy Pasta Bake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: pasta
Ingredients:
  • 100 grams butter
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 750 mls milk
  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 425 grams tinned tomatoes
  • 3 tbps tomato paste
  • 500 gms large pasta spirals
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 750 grams pasta sauce
  • 1 onion
Method:
  1. This recipe makes quite a large meal, so is great for when you would like to feed many mouths or have some left over for another night.
Meat Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Finely chop onion.
  3. Chop tomatoes in the tin, so that they are in small pieces.
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan.
  5. Add onion and garlic and fry for 2 - 3 minutes.
  6. Add the meat and cook. Break it up as it is cooking.
  7. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and blend well, until excess liquid is evaporated.
  8. Stir in pasta sauce, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes.
  9. Place water on to boil and add pasta once boiling.
  10. Drain pasta once cooked.
  11. Spray the bottom of the lasagne dish lightly with olive oil.
  12. Spread half of the pasta on to the lasagne dish.
  13. Top evenly with meat sauce.
  14. Spread remaining pasta into the dish.
  15. Add the remaining meat mixture, then top with white sauce. (See instructions below.)
  16. Cover with foil and bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  17. Remove foil and cook until the top is golden.
White Sauce
  1. Chop butter roughly and place in a microwave jug and add flour.
  2. Cook for approx 45 seconds on high in microwave.
  3. Stir vigorously to make a smooth paste.
  4. Add milk, stir again and cook in microwave for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir again, getting lumps out, particularly from the bottom.
  6. Cook for approximately another 2 minutes.
  7. Keep going like this until the mixture is smooth and thick.

The Family Menu Plan For This Week

Baking: Rice Bubble Slice

Monday: Roast Chicken and Salad (It is forecast to be an incredibly hot day, so will most likely by cooked chickens!)

Tuesday: Fried Rice

Wednesday: Beef Stir Fry

Thursday: Mexibake

Friday: Left Overs

Saturday: Sausages and Salad

Sunday: Chicken Schnitzel and Salad

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

And for even more menu planning ideas, you can also head on over to “I’m an Organizing Junkie” for Laura’s regular Menu Plan Monday posts.

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