The Ultimate Pasta Bake

    1 hour

    This hearty meal is simple to make and everyone will love it. Pasta is layered with beef ragu and a creamy cheese mixture, before being baked to perfection.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 285g egg pasta
    • 675g minced beef
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes with juice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 350ml soured cream
    • 85g cream cheese
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 120g grated Cheddar cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium heat, brown the minced beef. Add the tomatoes with juice, salt and sugar and simmer for 15 minutes.
    4. In a separate medium bowl, combine the soured cream, cream cheese and onion and mix well. In a 20x30cm baking dish, place half of the pasta, then all of the meat mixture, then the cream mixture. Top with the remaining pasta and sprinkle with the cheese.
    5. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 25 minutes.

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    I had to change a lot of things with this recipe, but it was worth it! All of the revisions came from other reviewer suggestions I made taco seasoned ground beef, then added the tomatoes and since the meat was seasoned I added no salt and just a pinch of sugar. I changed the layers, as suggested, and put the noodles on the bottom,hamburger next, cream mixture next (an ounce more cream cheese, 1/2 c more sour cream), then cheddar cheese. I covered with foil for first half the cooking time and removed it for the second half. It was truly DELICIOUS once it was made with the CHANGES. I have a picky husband & 4 year old and they both gobbled it up and had seconds! It was just as good rewarmed the next day!  -  03 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have been cooking this recipe for years. I remember it being one of the first things I ever made that didn't come out of a box and it's been a family favorite ever since. I will say that my recipe varies slightly. I use 3 green onions instead of regular and mix it with 2 cups sour cream and 8 oz cream cheese in a separate bowl. I also use 16 oz of tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes and mix with ground beef, a can of corn, 1 tsp sugar and salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and Worcestershire sauce. I then layer (repeatedly and in this order) the cooked noodles, beef mixture, and the cream cheese mixture. I then top with a lot of cheddar cheese and bake until it bubbles (about 30 minutes).  -  13 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    After reading the reviews, the best things are to; 1) Add 1oz more cream cheese& 1/2 cup more sour cream 2) Add 1/2 of the onions to beef while frying 3) Season beef well 4) Cover with foil Layer like recipe calls for and it is a excellent dish. My family (who are picky eaters) wanted me to make it again the next week! It is also very easy to make. Send us more recipes like it!!!  -  11 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)