Beach Cottage Recipe Simple Easy Pasta Bake
Mon 5th, May, 2014
Hi ladies, do you need a good pasta bake recipe in your life? Well, you know what, you are in the right place, this is an easy, but still tasty, recipe for a baked pasta dish we love.
Now, I am a sucker for pasta, I love it, in any shape or form, like comfort food in a little tube or twist. However, I have had, in the past, a love hate relationship with the pasta bake. I don’t know about you, but I think pasta bake can be very hit and miss, and boy have I had a lot of misses, and when a pasta bake is a miss, in my humble opinion, I think it’s pretty dire. Like sooo deeply dire – soggy pasta, too dry pasta, not enough sauce, swimming in sauce, stodgy, claggy, you name it I’ve made it – but mostly, the worst thing with the pasta bake recipes I have tried (and boy have I thrown some strange concoctions in my oven) is that they have been soooo bland.
I have also experimented with different ways to actually cook the humble pasta bake – throw it in and forget it, crock-pot, quick and easy, but I have come to the conclusion that this is not the place to literally throw it together, if you put in a teeny tiny bit of preparation you will, indeed, have yourself a recipe that can be popped in the oven with not much else to do other than open a bag of salad.
To that end I like to prepare this early on in the day when all is calm, all is bright, ready to shove in the oven later on in the day, in between sport runs and general after school running around. It’s simple to make this sauce up and sometimes I like to do a mix of different pasta shapes to give it a bit of interest.
I love trying different pastas, and there is more often than not a packet of fresh pasta in the fridge and always always a stash of dried pasta around and about my person. I’ve recently tried some of the Woolworths dried pastas – and the the Gold range is really nice, a premium durum wheat pasta from Campania Italy (those are the best), and bottom line here is great taste, aroma and importantly for me, still good value for an artisan product.
So this that follows is the recipe I have come to, from a mixing of a few different pasta bakes that were never quite right – if you have a hungry family to feed and want something that you can pull out of the oven and do not much else, have a try of this, my boys love it!
Easy Pasta Bake
500g dried pasta (I like Woolworths Gold Durum Wheat range)
2 400g cans diced tomatoes
8 rashers bacon
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups grated cheddar
1/2 cup or so Parmesan
2 onions finely sliced
3 large cloves garlic chopped
salt and pepper
1 green capsicum
large handful fresh herbs
3 tsp dried mixed herbs
*before you start put a large pan of salted water on and add your pasta and cook until al dente (I like this errring on the side of undercooked because it will cook a bit more in the bake and I do not like soggy pasta)
1. slowly soften onion and garlic and capsicum in a pan for a few minutes
2. add bacon until browned & then add the wine scraping the bits from the bottom until wine reduces by half
3. add herbs and tomatoes to pan to combine
4. drain pasta and add to the pan, stir through most of the cheese & add lots of salt and pepper
5. pop into a baking dish and top with remaining cheese and bake 40 mins 200C
(*note I make this in the morning, pop it in the fridge and then put it in the oven later on – if you do that too you might need to adjust the cooking time slightly)
That’s it from me, I’ll be back soon with a little vintage treasure…still on a roll, still loving it.
See you later