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Mince Pasta Bake

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Everyone loves a good pasta bake, and this one does not disappoint. An old standby for weekday meals, this mince pasta bake is sure to please the whole family, and it’s a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables.

Mince pasta bake is one of those easy tea time favourites that kids devour! It’s total comfort food, super simple to put together and one that guarantees me empty plates every time!

I think for me as a busy working mum – beef mince recipes are always a winner to be honest! Easy, popular and filling. Ticks all the boxes.

And I think you’ll love how easy our pasta bake is, and that it sneaks in some extra veggies.

mince pasta bake in a casserole dish served alongside a pile of garlic bread slices

Mince Pasta Bake Ingredients

You’ll love how easy it is to get your hands on the ingredients for our pasta bake with mince because they aren’t anything fancy, just simple and tasty.

mince pasta bake ingredients - chopped red onion, grated carrots, olive oil, minced beef, dried Italian herbs, garlic powder, 2 cartons passata, fusilli pasta and grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion – chopped
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 carrots – grated
  • 1 heaped tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 350g dried pasta
  • 150g cheddar cheese – grated
  • Pinch salt and black pepper

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Skillet pan
  • Cooking spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Cheese grater
  • Casserole dish

This is a simple family recipe that you can easily prepare and cook for weeknight dinner. It is a great dish for those busy weeks when you are looking for a quick and easy meal to cook for your family.

The beef mince gives the pasta bake the much needed protein, while the hidden vegetables provide some extra vitamins and minerals.

It is also an amazing dish to make with your kids as it teaches them about cooking, hidden vegetables, and how to use fresh ingredients.

How To Make Mince Pasta Bake

Step One – brown the mince

  • Add the olive oil to a skillet pan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions for 5 minutes.
  • Tip in the mince and break it up with the spoon into small pieces, fry with the onions for 3-4 minutes until the mince is brown.
skillet pan with browned mince and onions ready to make mince pasta bake

Step Two – Make up the mince pasta sauce

  • Tip in the grated carrots – give everything a stir.
  • Pour in the passata – it might look too saucy BUT, I think with pasta bake a little extra sauce is a good thing and gives you something to mop up with garlic bread slices…
  • Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and season well with salt and black pepper.

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  • Bring the sauce to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid off for around 25-30 minutes.
mince pasta bake sauce in a skillet pan

Step Three – Cook the pasta

  • After the mince pasta sauce has been cooking for 15 minutes, get the pasta on to cook. Just cook as per the packet instructions. Then drain and set to one side.

Step Four – Put together the mince pasta bake

  • Stir the cooked pasta into the cooked mince and tomato sauce.
  • Tip the combined pasta and sauce into an oven proof casserole dish. Then sprinkle the top with the grated cheese.
mince pasta bake sprinkled with grated cheese ready to be browned under the hot grill

Step Five – Cook the mince pasta bake

  • Preheat the grill to a high heat
  • Slide the pasta bake under the grill and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starting to turn golden brown.
  • Then serve your pasta bake mince dish with your favourite sides. We like garlic bread slices, broccoli and sweetcorn.
mince pasta bake in a casserole dish served alongside a pile of garlic bread slices

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Mince Pasta Bake Variations

There’s loads of ways to cook up this tasty pasta dish with your own twist, try…

Turkey mince pasta bake

Switch the beef mince for turkey mince. Add in an extra tsp of Italian herbs and a tsp of smoked paprika. Turkey mince can be bland and the extra herbs and spices will give it a kick.

Pork mince pasta bake

You can easily switch out the beef mince for pork. When I cook this with pork, sometimes I do it fully pork, sometimes I do a half and half mix of pork and beef.

I add in a 1/2 tsp of dried sage, a tsp of brown sugar and a bay leaf into the sauce. It just adds an extra depth of flavour.

Lamb mince pasta bake

Our pasta bake recipe for mince is really delicious when made with lamb mince. I tend to swap the Italian seasoning for a tsp of Moroccan seasoning, and top with a mixture of feta cheese and Cheddar.

Spicy mince pasta bake

To really give your beef mince dish a kick of spicy flavour – add in a freshly chopped chilli, 1/2 tsp of cumin and a pinch of dried chilli flakes.

You could also top with a spicy Mexican style cheese flicked with jalapeño.

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More Beef Mince Recipes You’ll LOVE!

When cooking for a family, beef mince appears at least once or twice a week, so having a variety of dishes to choose from helps to keep dinnertimes interesting and enjoyable.

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Yield: Serves 6

Mince Pasta Bake

mince pasta bake in a casserole dish served alongside a pile of garlic bread slices

A super easy, tasty mince pasta bake recipe with added hidden vegetables

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 carrots - grated
  • 800g chopped tomatoes - I use passata
  • 1 heaped tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 350g dried pasta
  • 150g Cheddar cheese - grated
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a skillet pan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Tip in the mince and break it up with the spoon into small pieces, fry with the onions for 3-4 minutes until the mince is brown.
  3. Tip in the grated carrots – give everything a stir.
  4. Pour in the passata
  5. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and season well with salt and black pepper.
  6. Bring the sauce to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid off for around 25-30 minutes.
  7. After the mince pasta sauce has been cooking for 15 minutes, get the pasta on to cook. Just cook as per the packet instructions. Then drain and set to one side.
  8. Stir the cooked pasta into the cooked mince and tomato sauce.
  9. Tip the combined pasta and sauce into an oven proof casserole dish. Then sprinkle the top with the grated cheese.
  10. Preheat the grill to a high heat
  11. Slid the pasta bake under the grill and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starting to turn golden brown.
  12. Then serve your pasta bake mince dish with your favourite sides.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 477Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 33g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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