Easy Cheesy Mince Pasta Bake

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This easy mince pasta bake is a true family favorite. It’s a hearty, comforting dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Packed with flavorful ground meat, creamy béchamel sauce, and gooey cheese, it’s sure to satisfy everyone at the table. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make, requiring minimal prep and cooking time.

This recipe is a great base, feel free to customize it with your favorite vegetables or spices. Leftovers heat up beautifully, making it a great meal prep option as well.

Bolognese bake
Bolognese bake

Ingredients:

500g lean ground beef (or turkey mince)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 400g (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 400g (14 oz) box dried pasta (penne, macaroni, or fusilli work well)
  • 500ml (2 cups) milk
  • 50g (1/2 cup) butter
  • 50g (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 150g (5 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 50g (2 oz) grated parmesan cheese

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
    3. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
    4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
    5. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package directions, one minute less than al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
    6. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until a smooth sauce forms. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg (if using).
    7. Stir the cooked mince sauce and half of the cheese mixture into the cooked pasta.
    8. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese mixture.
    9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 550

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    This easy mince pasta bake is a delicious and satisfying meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. It’s easy to customize with your favorite ingredients, and leftovers heat up beautifully for lunch the next day. So next time you’re looking for a quick and easy comfort food fix, give this recipe a try!

    FAQs

    1. Can I use a different type of ground meat?

    Absolutely! You can easily substitute ground turkey, chicken, or even sausage for the ground beef in this recipe.

    2. What kind of vegetables can I add to this recipe?

    Feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables to this dish. Chopped carrots, peas, corn, or broccoli would all be delicious additions.

    3. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! Assemble the pasta bake completely and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. When ready to bake, simply add an additional 5-10 minutes to the cooking time.

    4. What can I serve with this pasta bake?

    This pasta bake is a complete meal on its own, but you can also serve it with a side salad or garlic bread.

    5. Can I freeze this pasta bake?