Sunday, 24 April 2011

Instant Baked Short Pasta

It's  late....  I am tried.... Desperately in need for comfort food and I want it instantly! Thank God that I always keep a bottle of instant pasta sauce in my pantry. Here is my shortcut to a satisfying bake pasta meal. Crispy cheesy on the top and deliciously satisfying inside.  Have fun!

Serves 3 person

1 large bottle (approx. 570g) of instant creamy pasta sauce of your choice - ( I used Creamy Tomato & Mozzarella)
400 grams minced beef
1 large onion - chopped
1 small capsicum (green pepper) - chopped1 tsp garlic powder (Optional)
1 tsp freshly grind black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups short pasta of your choice - cooked as per instructions ( I used tri-color Rotini)

1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Chives or flat parsley for garnishing.

1) Place large skillet on medium high heat. Add olive oil and fry onions and capsicum for 5 minutes.
2) Add minced beef, garlic powder and dried oregano leaves.  Cook for another 8 minutes.
3) Mix pasta sauce and cooked pasta into the beef.
4) Place half of the pasta mix into a large baking dish and layer with Mozzarella cheese.
5) Place  the remaining pasta mix into the baking dish and cover with Parmesan cheese.
6) Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degree Celsius. 
7) Remove baking dish from oven and let it stand for 5 minutes.5) Garnish with chives or parsley before serving.


  1. I also love making something simple like this - instant pasta sauce is always such a life saver...Most of the time the taste is great too...!

  2. This is my kind of meal - easy, cheesy and delicious! You can never go wrong with baked pasta. Thank you so much for becoming my newest follower - following you back!

  3. Pasta works for me too when I'm in a rush or need something simple to make. But yours looks way better than mine here!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  4. Love this simple baked pasta recipe. thanks for visiting my blog. You have wonderful space. following you.

  5. Looks delicious! Baked pasta are always a hit in my house, my kids can never get tired of it. And they always ask for leftovers! It is definitely one of their favourite meal. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks delicious! As does all your food on your blog. I am now joining and will definately come back for more! Please have a look at my Blog if you get a chance, sadly I haven't posted any pasta dishes yet.


  7. Hi, just found your blog, I also use pasta Barilla (I am Italian but I live in NZ, we don't have many brands to chose from).

    I'll follow your blog, visit me if you like:-)


  8. These are the recipes my kids enjoy me making for them! They love pasta and more pasta like this one.

  9. This looks like a wonderful meal to put together on such short notice. I'll wager it was delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Mmmm. It looks delicious and comforting.

  11. This would be perfect as a get home from work/back from lecture (that's me!) meal, very quick and even quicker if you have the already cooked pasta!

  12. This looks tasty and my daughter would love it for sure. I love the colors. Great photo! :)

  13. This looks fantastic! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. Your pictures are wonderful and I love the post about the stinky tofu. You are a better person than I for even trying that stuff. :)

  14. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog!! I'm glad you liked the brownies. This pasta looks so so good. I would eat seconds for sure!! ♥- Katrina

  15. I really love this dish idea, my daughter's would love it too, quick and healthy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments I hope you enjoy visiting.☺