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Creamy Cheesy Baked Pasta

Creamy Cheesy Baked Pasta, an easy creamy cheesy one pan oven baked pasta recipe, a delicious sauce made with ground beef, a family favourite.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked short pasta dried pasta

TOMATO SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 3 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups water

TOPPING

  • 1/2 cup white sauce
  • 1 cup diced fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven to 350° (180°). 
  • In a large oven proof pan or 10 inch skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and ground beef, brown, then add tomato puree, salt, basil, oregano, garlic and water stir to combine, add basil leaves and cook on medium heat, half covered until thickened (approximately 20-25 minutes).
  • While sauce is cooking. In a large pot of boiling salted water cook pasta al dente, drain.
  • When sauce has thickened, add drained pasta and mix well to combine. Drizzle 1/2 cup of white sauce** and top first with diced mozzarella and then parmesan cheese. Bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes in a preheated 350° (180°) oven. Top with extra Parmesan if desired. Enjoy!
  • Either homemade White Sauce or a good store bought if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 4mg