Pasta bake for a crowd

Pasta bake for a crowd


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About this recipe: 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.


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

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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