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Bolognese pasta bake

 In Dinner/Supper, Meat, Pasta, Recipes

This rich and aromatic bolognese pasta bake is perfect for busy weeknights or feeding a crowd as it can easily be made in bulk and frozen.

Bolognese pasta bakeYou guys, are we all done with our Christmas shopping? Because I’m not. *insert panic-stricken face* But I am fully embracing online shopping and have placed a few orders this morning because I don’t exactly have 3 weeks left before I have to have the gifts like most people. We are leaving next week for our annual Summer holiday and if I don’t have the gift by then, my family are all getting hugs for Christmas. No jokes.

Bolognese pasta bakeIt’s actually so silly that I am so bad at Christmas gift planning but I pretty much have a meal plan set out for the entire December. I have a list as long as my arm of ideas for feeding crowds (or just my brothers…), easy breakfasts, make-ahead desserts and impressive roasts to get me through all the entertaining. This bolognese pasta bake is exactly one of those. It’s the kind of recipe I make when I don’t have anything else to do and pop in the freezer, ready to be baked and served to adoring friends and family. Or again, just my brothers. The leftovers are pretty awesome too.

Bolognese pasta bake

Bolognese pasta bake
 
This rich and aromatic bolognese pasta bake is perfect for busy weeknights or feeding a crowd as it can easily be made in bulk and frozen.
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Recipe type: Pasta, Pasta bake, Dinner, Bolognese, Lunch,
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºc.
  2. Combine the bolognese, bechamel and cooked pasta and mix well. Add a little of the pasta cooking water to loosen the consistency, if necessary.
  3. Transfer half of the pasta to an oven-proof casserole dish then sprinkle over half of the cheese.
  4. Add the remaining pasta and top with the rest of the cheese.
  5. Place in the oven and bake until bubbling and the top is golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
If you are making this ahead, assemble the pasta and cover well before refrigerating for up to a day or freezing for up to a month. Bake from frozen but allow for up to 30 minutes more baking time.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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Showing 8 comments
  • Beverley Press
    Reply

    Such a heart and tummy warming recipe for this time of year. Love pasta and all of your recipes, it’s the way your write them , thank you .

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      What a wonderful compliment, thank you Beverley!

  • nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    Reply

    That cheese! My goodness, THIS is comfort food if I ever saw it!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Right? Everybody loves a cheesy-pull shot, don’t they? 😉

  • Marisa @ All Our Way
    Reply

    You simply can’t go wrong with pasta and Bolognese sauce. Have you ever made the sauce with milk? OMG it is so creamy and delicious! Your pasta recipe would be perfect for my busy, hungry family.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oooh I definitely will the next time I make it!

  • Reply

    This pasta bake would be perfect for company over the holidays Alida! I love the added bechamel!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Mary Ann! The bechamel just adds that yummy creaminess.

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