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
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
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large frying pan, brown onion and mince over medium heat. Add pasta sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
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.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.
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