Kids' favourite pasta bake

    45 min

    A simple pasta bake that is a boon to mums everywhere! Simply combine browned mince with cooked macaroni, a bit of butter, grated Cheddar and passata. The result is a cheesy, bubbly and comforting supper that will please the entire family.

    251 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 450g minced beef
    • 1 (500g) pack macaroni
    • 250g grated Cheddar cheese
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 (800g) jar passata
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Crumble the mince into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until evenly browned. Drain.
    3. While the mince is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and stir in butter. Transfer to a large casserole dish, and mix in the mince, passata and Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top.
    4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through and bubbly.

    Recently viewed

    Reviews & ratings
    Average global rating:

    Reviews in English (206)


    It was very simple without any veg. So I added some onions and blended down some courgettes and mushrooms as "hidden" vegetables for the kids and a little basil. I then sprinkled cheese on top before putting in the oven. It may seem like I did a lot to it but I didn't really. And it was pretty tasty.  -  20 Oct 2016


    My girl loves this pasta!!!  -  13 Jun 2016


    The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I changed it a bit. I browned the meat with some onion,fresh garlic and Montreal Steak Seasoning before adding it to the pasta. I only used 1/2 the pasta it called for and it was plenty!! It was enough for 4 adults and 3 kids with just enough leftover for my hubbies lunch. I used 1 can of diced tomatoes in their juice and 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce mixed all together with Italian seasoning and some dried parsley. I also reserved some of the cheese for the top(last 10 minutes of baking)and also added some crushed Ritz Crackers on top for extra crunch! My husband loved it! It was super yummy and my picky 4 and 6 year olds gobbled it up. Thank you Kelli for the post. I will definitely make this again mabye adding some veggies next time. It is a good base to start.  -  07 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

    Write a review

    Click on stars to rate