Cheese and tomato pasta bake

(73 ratings)
Cheesy and Tomato pasta bake
Cheesy and Tomato pasta bake
  • Serves: 4

  • Cooking time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This pasta dish is a creamy, filling vegetarian favourite - and it's ridiculously easy to make. Tuck in!


  • 400g (14oz) rigatoni pasta
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour
  • 425ml ( pt) milk
  • 50ml (2fl oz) double cream
  • 100g (4oz) grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1tbsp thyme, leaves removed
  • 50g (5oz) Taleggio (cheese), cut into pieces
  • 75g (3oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g (2oz) breadcrumbs

Love meat? You can easily convert this recipe by adding sausage or ham.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F, gas mark 6). Cook the pasta until just al dente (firm to the bite). While it's cooking, put the butter and flour into a saucepan and mix until it looks like wet sand. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time until thickened. Season well and add in the cream, grated Parmesan (reserving 1tbsp for the topping) and mustard.
  2. Drain the pasta and mix with the white sauce, thyme leaves, Taleggio and tomatoes in an ovenproof baking dish. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and the reserved Parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until golden.

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Georgina Dobermann

Made this twice now and it is gorgeous x although I have substituted some of the higher fat ingredients x still delicious xxx


This recipe says for 4 and the quantity of Pasta 400g(14 oz). Is this quantity correct as it seems rather a lot for just 4 people? Also can I use any Pasta shapes? Any advice welcome. Thank you Pattie

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Sally - thanks for your comment. The cheese and tomato bake is vegetarian - the video is for a different recipe which has been tagged to this dish in error - we will replace it with the original picture.


Nice recipe if you are a meat eater, but mince (either lamb or beef) is definitely not vegetarian, I thought it was going to be a new vegetarian pasta bake, but I will try it without the meat, it should cook a bit quicker too.


P.s i boiled pasta before i put in the oven and its was gorgeous!


I will now be sayng bye bye homepride as the family loved this and will be on our table every week.

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi both Beckys! Yes, the rigatoni in the recipe is a dried pasta and you do need to cook the pasta first before placing it in the oven. Enjoy!

Becky BabySkin

i would have thought so as this isnt the ready jar pasta bake that you use water with to cook the pasta whilst baking in the oven


I was just wondering if you could use dried pasta for a pasta bake? and if so would it need to be cooked before being placed in the oven?

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