Pasta Bakes

This is a post dedicated to my most favourite kind of pasta…the baked kind. Whether it be baked sheets of lasagne, stuffed tubes of cannelloni or just good old rigatoni with some cheese on top, I love pasta best when it’s been baked with lots of cheese. I have two offerings today. One was something VC knocked together one fine Sunday evening of late. We wanted lasagne, but it was too much trouble to make, and so I suggested a spaghetti au gratin, but the kids don’t like spaghetti anymore and so we came up with Bolognese and penne pasta with Béchamel sauce on top. Baked.

My second offering is a recipe that I have started making again lately. Tuna or salmon pasta bake is an old favourite from way back. It has a subtle, lemony sauce that goes so nicely with salmon or tuna. This dish is very economical to prepare and really nutritious as well!

Baked Penne Bolognese

I won’t give a recipe for this one. I think most of us can make Bolognese, and perhaps I’ll dedicate a post to my favourite version of the recipe, but today, we’ll just write down what’s involved.

Mix Bolognese meat sauce with cooked, ribbed penne pasta.
Top with cheese sauce (or Béchamel) and bake in a moderate oven till it goes all brown and crispy on top….like this;

Salmon Pasta Bake Recipe

Ribbed penne pasta, cooked mixed with white sauce fancied up with;
1 tbs seeded mustard
1tbs lemon juice and/or zest
Shake or two of Tabasco
Lots of grated Cheddar and Parmesan cheese

Into this sauce put a large tin of either tuna or salmon and a bunch of sliced shallots and peas and grated courgette if you please.
Mix it all together, top with some grated cheese and put it in a moderate oven till it’s all brown and bubbly on top.


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