Cheesy penne bake

    55 min

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

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    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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    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