Bolognese pasta bake

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  • Serves: 6

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Freezable
  • Make in advance

This Bolognese pasta bake makes a cheap and delicious family meal - and it's also a handy recipe for unexpected guests.

The bake can be doubled easily and freezes well too.


  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 700g (1lb 9oz) minced beef
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 2tbsp sun-dried tomato purée
  • 300g (10oz) penne pasta
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 25g (1oz) flour
  • 450ml (¾ pint) milk
  • 100g (4oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Basil leaves, to garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry onion and garlic for 8-10 mins until softened. Add mince and brown over a high heat. Stir in the tomatoes, herbs and purée. Season well. Simmer for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pan of lightly salted boiling water according to instructions, until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  3. Heat butter in a large pan until melted then stir in the flour and cook for 1 min. Whisk in milk then bring to the boil, whisking all the time until the sauce has thickened. Simmer gently for 2 mins. Stir in half the Cheddar and season to taste. Stir in the pasta.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Spread meat sauce in a deep gratin dish. Top with the pasta and sauce. Sprinkle over rest of the Cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 mins until bubbling and golden.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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I added a more carlin and crushed green chillies to onions and fried them off. Plus a tsp of garam masala and 1/2 tsp of cumin and coriander powder to the meat sauce . It just made it a bit more flavourful!


Added 1 red chilli deseeded and 4 x Tbsp Worcestershire sauce at same time as toms, herbs. Nice!


Hi realy good recipe i added a heaped spoonful or italian spicy herbs just to make it more interesting spiced it up.


It was ok, I just found it rather bland. Not sure if I'll try it again, if I do it will be nice with red wine added at the same time as the wine and more cheese in the sauce.

Pamela Paterson

Yummy! I make mine with mushrooms to bulk it out - kids love it!


Kim, normally when they just say flour in a recipe I usually assume it's just plain. Hope that helps.


this is super duper!, i sure will be having this again:)xx


If you want that student touch, add baked beans into bolognese, sounds weird but makes it surprisingly tasty :)

Kim Vaughan

just Question what the Best flour to use in Bolognese pasta bake Please???


this dish is delich with out a doubt


This is brilliant! I make it with basics veggie mince and its lovely, really filling and yummy. I sometimes grate a courgette in to the "meat" sauce and it makes it lovely, light and even healthier.


Add grated carrot to the Minced beef mixture for extra vegetables.


Very tasty i will be eating this meal again! Realy easy to cook. thank you!

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