This is one of those rare family dinners that everyone in our house enjoys and eats without a fuss (a very rare thing). Use whatever pasta shapes you like, and feel free to add any other veg you like. Add extra cheese if you like it cheesy. To make it really quick and easy, use a jar of nice tomato sauce (we often do). Cheap, cheerful and a crowdpleaser. This recipe serves our family of five.
- 1 x garlic clove
- 2 x cans chopped tomatoes
- Olive oil
- 400g pasta shapes of your choice
- A few fresh basil leaves if you have them (optional)
- 125g mozzarella (torn into smallish bits)
- Pinch of salt
- A couple of handfuls of cheddar, grated
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/180c (fan)/gas 6
2. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. While it's cooking, make the tomato sauce (or use a jar of nice tomato sauce!).
3. Gently fry the garlic in a little olive oil until starting to soften (a couple of minutes). Add the chopped tomatoes and salt, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat; blend the sauce if your kids don't like 'tomato bits' or leave it chunky.
4. Add the drained pasta and to the tomato sauce and mix well.
5. Put half the pasta into an ovenproof dish, then scatter with half the mozzarella bits and half the grated cheddar, plus a few basil leaves if you have them. Add the rest of the pasta and top with the cheese.
6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. It should be golden on top and starting to crisp up.
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