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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 bake

Pasta bakes are a fantastic way to save time, money and effort. Whether it’s a simple family dinner or feeding a crowd, pasta bakes are one of my fail-safe recipes and always a crowd pleaser. This delectable Bolognese pasta bake is no different.

Everyone needs to know how to make Bolognese sauce and my easy Bolognese sauce recipe is pretty classic. I keep it simple by flavoring the beef mince/ground beef with tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery and garlic. I like to cook it low and slow to allow all the flavors to marry and for the beef to get super tender. The Bolognese is just dreamy served over spaghetti but there are so many more ways to use it.

Bolognese pasta bake

This oven baked pasta Bolognese is just one of many ideas. It’s the kind of comfort food you associate with your mom and home. Warm and rich and absolutely delicious and pretty much a lazy quick version of lasagna. It’s also the kind of thing I love making in bulk and freezing for nights when I’m just too lazy or tired to stand in the kitchen for more than 10 minutes.

If you want to freeze this recipe, I would suggest letting it cool down completely at room temperature. Press a piece of baking paper onto the surface then wrap well with foil and plastic wrap before placing in the freezer. When it comes to baking, simply remove all the wrapping and baking paper and place on a rimmed baking sheet before baking for 1-1½ hours or until hot and bubbly throughout. It’s the simplest, most delicious dinner you can make.

Bolognese pasta bake

Serve this Bolognese pasta bake with a bright and crunchy green salad or warm garlic bread to mop up all the sauce for the ultimate casual dinner.

4.25 from 20 votes
Bolognese pasta bake
Bolognese pasta bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
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.
Course: Bolognese, Dinner, Lunch, Pasta, Pasta bake
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Bolognese sauce
  • 2 cups Bechamel sauce
  • 500 g 1 lb pasta of your choice, cooked al dente (reserve 1 cup cooking water)
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
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.
Recipe 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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  • Gloria
    Reply

    This looks like the perfect comfort food dish. I know my family would be all over this. I love making HUGE batches since I am already in the kitchen. More food for later works well for me.

  • Claudia Lamascolo
    Reply

    This sure looks so good. I just love the cheesey goodness! Looks awesome!

  • Traci
    Reply

    Oh goodness, I need to make this! Not sure why I’ve never thought to put Bolognese sauce with Bechamel…but YUMMMM! This sure wouldn’t last long in our house. Pinned and saving…thanks for the recipe inspiration!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Traci. It sure is a goodie. 🙂

  • Reply

    Having make-ahead freezer friendly meals like this in your back pocket are so helpful!

  • Vicky
    Reply

    Pasta bakes make for the ultimate comfort meal! This looks amazing and the photos are gorgeous!

  • Di
    Reply

    Can’t seem to access link to bechamel or Bolognese recipes! Arrghhh

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I am so sorry about that Di. I fixed the links! Thanks for letting me know.

  • 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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