Bacon Pasta Bake

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A crowd pleasing Bacon Pasta Bake recipe that is reasonably light weight, quick to prepare, and easy to embellish with different meats or vegetables – plus the leftovers taste delicious too!

Pasta bakes are a creature comfort of mine. The combination of yummy pasta, tasty tomato sauce, and golden cheese equals perfection! This Bacon Pasta Bake recipe is a relatively light pasta bake compared to the pasta bakes I usually make which have loads of mince. It’s also a great meal for busy families as it can be prepared in just 10 minutes! Cooking time is a little longer though.

Quick and easy Bacon Pasta Bake meal idea.

To save myself time I use macaroni as it’s so quick to cook. While the macaroni is cooking I brown the onion and bacon, then add the tomato and paste to create a sauce.

Light weight bacon pasta bake with golden cheese

Then all I need to do is stir the sauce through the cooked pasta, spoon into a casserole dish, sprinkle with cheese and put in the oven.

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Possibly the make or break of a good pasta bake is the cheese. I like mine especially golden, so make sure you don’t take your bake out prematurely.

Golden cheese Pasta Bake with bacon


Bacon Pasta Bake

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 5


  • 250g pasta (our choice is macaroni)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 shortcut bacon, chopped
  • 410g can tomatoes with herbs
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup cheese, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan forced.
  2. Cook pasta following packing instructions. Drain.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in frypan over high heat. Add bacon, onion and garlic stirring for 5 minutes or until onion is almost soft and bacon golden.
  4. Add tomatoes and tomato paste, stir through and bring to the boil, reduce heat, continue stirring for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  5. Once the pasta has cooked toss together the pasta and sauce.
  6. Spoon into a casserole dish, sprinkle cheese over the top.
  7. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese has melted.

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Tegie January 16, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Can you freeze this? Am looking at what meals to cook and freeze for when bub comes along.

Andrea January 21, 2012 - 4:55 PM

I have frozen many pasta dishes with no problems at all. I would only freeze for up to 2 months.


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