K & I love pasta bakes.. we normally buy ready sauces from the grocers & reserve it for those days when I don’t find time to cook.. or K wants to have something warm & cheesy..!It’s been on my mind to try out my own pasta bake sauce from sometime now.. Since I wanted a recipe that does not involve too much of chopping, I ended up preparing this today for lunch..
It turned out to be yummy..& we loved it.. Mission accomplished.. no need to buy ready sauces from the grocers as this sauce is ready in 5 minutes…No preservatives present in ready store bought sauces… When you prepare the sauce at home you can add the flavours you want..& customise it.. what more can you ask for?
I added some diced mushrooms & chopped frankfurters to the sauce before baking it.. You can add the veggies/frozen meat of your choice.. for example add some spinach/sweet corn/ courgette’s/chorizo slices/sausages/bacon bits etc.
Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 45 mins
Macaroni – 80 gms
Soft Cheese – 3 tbsp
Mushrooms – 2-3 medium-sized, diced
Passata – 4 tbsp
Chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp
Onion – 1 small, finely chopped
Dried chives – 1 tsp
Frankfurter – 2, cut into small 1/2 inch rounds
Crushed black pepper – as per taste
Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
Basil – 3-4 medium-sized leaves, final
Cooking oil/Olive oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Preheat the oven in the baking mode..to 180 degrees if it is fan assisted else to 200 degrees.
Meanwhile when the oven is getting preheated you can start to prepare the sauce..
For the sauce:
Heat oil in a fry pan, add the garlic when the oil is hot. Make sure heat is set to medium & sauté the garlic of a minute.. add the chopped onions & as always.. add some salt to help the onions turn translucent quickly..
Once the onions turn translucent add the dried chives, fry for another minute..Next add passata… mix cook on low heat for a couple of minutes..add salt to taste…add a little extra for the pasta as well..add the soft cheese. Mix well.Turn the heat off.. Add the chilli flakes… mix well…
Add the macaroni to a bake safe dish.. add the prepared sauce on top of the macaroni. Now add a cup of water..approximately 200 ml to the saucepan/fry pan used & give it a good,slow swirl & add this water to the baking dish. Add the mushrooms & the frankfurters & mix well.
Tip: If you wish to serve in the same dish you can use individual bake dishes.
Bake this for 20 minutes by placing it in the centre of the oven. Take the dish out & mix well, return the dish to the oven again for another 20 minutes. Turn off the oven. Take the dish out & let it stand for a couple of minutes.
Serve with warm garlic bread by the side.. Enjoy.. 😀
Serves 2 people with a decent appetite.. But if your a poor eater like K & me then 3 can comfortably eat… 😉
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