This beef and bacon pasta bake adds in a little extra flavour beyond the basic jar of pasta sauce.
Deemed as my sons favourite pasta bake. It’s really easy to make, can be made ahead of time, and popped into the oven to heat through before serving.
Serve with a side of salad or vegetables.
Beef and Bacon Pasta Bake
- 2 cups small spiral pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 short-cut bacon rashers, diced
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 500g lean beef mince
- 500g passata (tomato pasta sauce)
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup tasty cheese, grated
- Salt and pepper, to season
- Preheat oven to 180°C, fan forced.
- Cook pasta following packet directions, drain and return to saucepan.
- In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
- Add bacon, onion and garlic to pan, cook for 3-5 minutes or until browned.
- Add mince, cook and stir for 5 minutes or until browned.
- Add pasta sauce, carrot, peas and corn, stir and bring to the boil.
- Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until liquid has reduced.
- Combine mince mixture and cooked pasta, toss to stir through. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spoon pasta mixture into a 3L capacity baking dish.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake pasta bake in oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden. Serve.
By Kat – The Organised Housewife
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