About this recipe:Easy and yummy pasta bake. Pasta with spicy beef mince, tomato, bacon and mushrooms topped with mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs and then baked. Make ahead, and bake when ready for an easy meal. Serve on its own or with salad and garlic bread.
220g macaroni pasta or pasta shapes of your choice
olive oil as needed
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed or finely chopped
4 slices smoked streaky bacon, chopped
250g lean beef mince
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 pinch dried mixed herbs
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
1 pinch paprika
salt and pepper
squirt tomato puree
100ml white wine (optional)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 handfuls sliced mushrooms
1 mozzarella cheese ball, drained and sliced
1 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 handful dried breadcrumbs
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a fry pan with a little olive oil and add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and bacon, stir for a minute then add the mince. Stir well with a wooden spoon, breaking up any lumps until browned off.
Stir in the chilli, herbs, Cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the tomato puree, white wine and tinned chopped tomatoes. Bring just to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl stir together the drained pasta and mince mixture. Stir in the mushrooms. Transfer mixture into an ovenproof casserole dish. Scatter over the mozzarella, Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Cover with foil. At this point either allow the mixture to cool and then place in the fridge until required, or bake.
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
* If chilling before baking - remove from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking.
Bake, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until heated through and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes more. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
This is a delicious meal. Have made it several times now and husband begs me to make it more often. Nothing more to be said, just easy to do and delicious taste. PS Is great cold as well lol! - 13 Mar 2012