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Bolognese Pasta Bake

Bolognese Pasta Bake

Brought to you by: Ocado
    6 serving

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Serves: 6

Spaghetti bolognese is one of the most enduringly popular of all the Italian dishes here in the UK, while pasta bakes have become a shortcut for comfort food . Here the two are combined to create a deliciously filling meal that will satisfy the whole family. Much of the cooking time is hands off, taken up with the bolognese sauce bubbling away on the stove and then the bake having its final cook in the oven. Bake on the weekend for a batch of delicious, ready made dinners to see you through the week. Looking for more pasta recipes? Look no further.
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10g salted butter
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 20g fresh basil, roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 100ml red wine
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 30g parmigiano reggiano, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 500g rigatoni (or your preferred choice)
  • 100g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100g grated mozzarella

Method

Step 1

In a deep saucepan over a medium heat, add the olive oil, salted butter, onion and garlic and sauté gently for 5 mins or until turning translucent and beginning to soften.

Step 2

Add the carrots, celery, basil, tomato puree, salt and pepper and cook for a further 8-10 mins.

Step 3

Add the mince and brown off for 10 mins, then add the red wine to deglaze (to remove the residue stuck to the bottom) and mix well.

Step 4

Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, whole milk, parmigiano reggiano and Worcestershire sauce and mix together. Season to taste. Cover and leave to simmer for 1 hr, then remove the lid to reduce for 30 mins on a low heat.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas 3.

Step 6

Add the rigatoni to an ovenproof dish and then pour over the bolognese sauce and mix together.

Step 7

Scatter the cheddar and mozzarella over the top and bake in the oven for 45 mins or until the pasta is tender, and the cheesy top is bubbling and golden.

Step 8

Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 mins before serving with a handful of chopped basil, if you like.

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