Pasta bake for a crowd

    (54)
    1 hour 15 min

    This tasty recipe makes two large pasta bakes. Perfect if you have a large gathering, or you can bake one, and freeze the other for later.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 16 

    • 50g butter
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1 (300g) tin chopped mushrooms, drained
    • 900g lean minced beef
    • 450g passata
    • 2 (400g) jars pasta sauce
    • 125g chopped ham
    • 125g cooked and cubed chicken
    • 75g sliced pepperoni or chorizo
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 100g pasta shells or macaroni
    • 175g fusilli pasta
    • 900g mozzarella cheese, grated
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. In a small frying pan, saute onions, green peppers and mushrooms in butter. Set aside.
    2. Brown mince in a large frying pan over medium heat. Drain. Mix in passata, pasta sauce, chopped ham, chopped chicken or turkey, pepperoni or chorizo, salt, chilli flakes and black pepper. Add vegetable saute to mince mixture.
    3. Cook pasta according to packet directions. Drain.
    4. Spread a little sauce over the bottom of two 20x30cm baking dishes. In each dish, place a layer of pasta, a layer of mozarella cheese, a mince sauce layer, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, and another layer of mozarella cheese. Repeat layers. Cover dishes with foil.
    5. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 to 45 minutes.

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    Reviews in English (41)

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    13

    This is a really good recipe and WOW! Does it make ALOT! I must say it is a time consuming recipe (I mean, there is chicken, ham, beef etc..) but the result is tasty. Instead of using 2 lbs of ground beef, I used only one and then used a lb of italian sausage. Very good. I would recommend to any one esspecially if they are serving a large crowd (family reunions, graduation parties and so on) it feeds alot and everyone is sure to partake and enjoy!  -  23 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    8

    This is my husband's most requested item from his catering menu and this is the recipe he uses - of course he's a dumper, not a measurer - but this is his guideline. People absolutely love this stuff!  -  02 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    8

    A great base recipe. I found it by doing an ingredient search to use up some things around the kitchen. So, here is how I put it together. I roughly halved the recipe. I used red pepper instead of green, 10 oz. sliced fresh button mushrooms instead of canned, and when I was near done sauteing the above ingredients I made a well in the middle of the pan and cooked three raw chicken tenders thawed from my freezer. I used 1.25 lbs ground beef, 25 low-fat turkey pepperoni slices (layered in groups of five and sliced in quarters), instead of ham I used 4 oz. chopped kielbasa (did not cut amount in half). I threw all the sauce ingredients together and simmered while preparing 8 oz. Whole Wheat Rotini pasta. For the layers, I used some open red sauce from my fridge to coat the bottom of the pan, then pasta, sauce, cheese (used about 10 oz mozzarella and used the whole 2 tbl of parm). A perfect dish to leave for your family to reheat when your away!!  -  05 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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