Cheesy penne bake

Cheesy penne bake


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About this recipe: This warming pasta bake is simple enough to make for a midweek supper, yet feels like slow-cooked comfort food.

Colleen B. Smith

Serves: 10 

  • 500g packet dried penne pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 500g lean mince
  • 2 (700g) jars pasta sauce
  • 175g white Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 350g soured cream
  • 175g mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large frying pan, brown onion and mince over medium heat. Add pasta sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Butter a 22x33cm (9x13 in) baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the pasta, Cheddar cheese, soured cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining pasta, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

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Reviews (7)


Altered ingredient amounts. I only used one jar of pasta sauce as i thought that two jars would make it too 'sloppy'! - 22 Sep 2009


Altered ingredient amounts. I used a 284 ml pot of soured cream. think I'll try half fat next time. - 03 Feb 2009


Incredibly easy and the little ones loved it. I was nervous using soured cream, but they didn't even notice. It just added to the creaminess. I think next time I'll try using light soured cream - 03 Feb 2009

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