Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Pasta Bake, Quick Easy Meal For A Lazy Day!

As it's Ramadan, I thought why not try something quick for dinner tonight because I was quite hungry and tired today. So I remembered something I had at my friend's house. I had made this before, but it had been such a long time ago. It's quick and easy, hardly takes any time, and it's filling. 

Pasta Bake

Serves 6 (medium portions)

250g Turkey mince
200g Pasta, uncooked
1 full cup frozen vegetable, the smaller the better, boiled 10min and drained
3/4 tsp curry powder
1tbsp all purpose seasoning
1/4 chicken stock cube
1tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 parmesan cheese
Grated mozzarella cheese for sprinkling
2tbps Olive Oil

Turn the oven on to 200 degrees (centigrade).

Fry the turkey mince in the olive oil until nearly cooked, add curry powder, all purpose seasoning and stock cube. Cook until turkey mince is cooked through. Put aside.

In an oven proof dish, add pasta (dry, uncooked), turkey mince, cooked frozen vegetables, basil and parmesan cheese. Pour the Homepride Pasta Bake sauce over. Take the empty jar and fill up to the top of the label with cold water, close lid and shake well, pour over the pasta. Mix it all together. It is all written on the instructions on the jar, apart from the extras that I have added. On the jar it tells you how much pasta and maybe some meat to add, and to add water like I have described. 

Once all mixed, put in the oven for roughly 15 min, take it out, give it a good mix so all the pasta soaks up the juices and goes soft. Put back in the oven for 10min. Take it out and check if the pasta is soft, if not and it looks a bit dry, add 1/4 cup water, mix and set back in the oven for another 10min. Once the pasta is cooked, or al dente, add the mozzarella cheese on top, put back in the oven until golden. 

You can serves this with a nice salad, or garlic bread, or even both. Hope you enjoy :-)

1 comment:

The Blue Faerie said...

Cool idea for Ramadan! My dorm holding a Break the Fast party in the lounge for the Islamic students. I remember peeking in there and drooling at all the wonderful food. Ramadan Kareem! :)