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Baked Pesto Penne

Baked Pesto Penne

Brought to you by: MOB Kitchen
    4 serving

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Serves: 4

This easy baked pesto pasta uses delicious Ocado gluten-free penne for a perfect weeknight dinner. A simple make-your-own pesto recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes, this is a tasty quick-to-cook meal that’s guaranteed to become a firm (or al dente) family favourite. 

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  • 500g gluten-free pasta
  • 50g almonds
  • 60g fresh basil leaves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 200g parmesan, grated
  • 30g gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 ball mozzarella


Step 1

Boil the pasta in plenty of salted water until slightly more al dente than you would normally have.

Step 2

Meanwhile, to make the pesto blitz the almonds in a food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs. Then add the basil, salt and olive oil and blitz again.

Step 3

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, then add the flour and cook until golden. Pour in the milk slowly, stirring all the while.

Step 4

Once all of the milk has been mixed in, add 150g of the parmesan cheese, stir until melted and then stir in the pesto too.

Step 5

Drain the cooked pasta into a large bowl and pour in the pesto bechamel mix. Stir well until the pasta is creamy and well coated.

Step 6

Pour into an oven dish and sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and remaining parmesan. Break up the mozzarella ball and dot around the top. Bake in the oven 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 5 for 15 mins until golden.

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