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One Pot Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake

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This one pot cheese and tomato pasta bake takes just 5 minutes of prep and is an easy dinner recipe perfect to serve up after a long day at work!

Is there anything more appealing than pasta when you’re in need of something easy and comforting. It’s pretty much my go to whenever I’m stuck for something to make.

This simple pasta bake is the thing I always come back to because it takes literally minutes to put together and tastes amazing.

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Happy Friday team! I am so happy for the weekend to be here. My absolute least favourite thing about being an adult is living for the weekends.

Do you know what I’m saying? I don’t hate my job but I’d obviously rather be at home with Will and Bernie and eating/cooking/blogging.

I get seriously bad Sunday night blues so I pretty much live for the joy between Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

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Having said all that I do love creating weeknight dinners that make my weeks far far more enjoyable. This cheese and tomato pasta bake is pretty much the ultimate in weeknight cooking.

Not only does it take mostly store cupboard ingredients to make, it barely even requires any chopping. Now that’s my kind of weeknight dinner!

And don’t go worrying about pre-cooking the pasta, the dry pasta goes straight in with all the other ingredients and cooks in the oven with everything else.

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INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS ONE POT CHEESE & TOMATO PASTA BAKE

  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tomato Puree
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Thyme
  • Red Wine – You can totally sub in vegetable stock if you don’t fancy using wine
  • Rigatoni – Or use whatever other cut of pasta you like/have on hand
  • Parmesan
  • Gouda
  • Mozzarella

Keep scrolling to get the recipe for this one pot cheese and tomato pasta bake…

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Now, if you think three cheeses is excessive then you’re totally cool to cut it down to two if you’d prefer. But I really really don’t think you should.

I think we can all agree that the more cheese the better and I promise that the three in this pasta bake all play their special and unique roles to make it extra delicious.

The parmesan and gouda add loads of flavour in the first stages of cooking and then the mozzarella tops everything off and gets all browned and bubbly ready for those epic cheese pulls.

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HOW TO MAKE ONE POT CHEESE & TOMATO PASTA BAKE (STEP BY STEP)

  1. Heat the oven and add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, sun dried tomato, garlic, oregano, thyme, wine, rigatoni, parmesan and gouda to a baking dish. Mix, cover and place in the oven for 40 minutes.
  2. Take out the oven and top with mozzarella. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until browned.

It really is that easy. Chuck everything in the oven and then pour yourself a glass of wine or watch an episode of something on Netflix or whatever else you feel like doing to relax and look forward to enjoying a steaming plate of pasta.

I like mine simply topped with some fresh basil leaves and maybe an extra grating of parmesan if I’m feeling like, well, more cheese.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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DO YOU NEED TO COOK THE PASTA BEFORE MAKING THIS TOMATO PASTA BAKE?

No! That’s my favourite thing about this pasta bake. It’s all made in one pot and you simply put everything in the baking dish, including the dry pasta, and place in the oven.

WANT MORE? TRY OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER BAKED PASTA RECIPES!

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS ONE POT CHEESE AND TOMATO PASTA BAKE?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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One pot cheese and tomato pasta bake with a spoonful being taken

One Pot Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake

This one pot cheese and tomato pasta bake takes just 5 minutes of prep and is an easy dinner recipe perfect to serve up after a long day at work!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 5 Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 250 ml Red Wine
  • 500 g Rigatoni
  • 30 g Parmesan grated
  • 30 g Gouda grated
  • 150 g Mozzarella

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Put the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, oregano, thyme, red wine, rigatoni and gouda in a large baking dish and mix together. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes.
  • Take the pasta out the oven and tear over the mozzarella. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until browned and crispy.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 481mg 20%
Potassium 594mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 16.9%
Calcium 29.2%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Emma
    21/10/2018 at 11:10 AM

    I love a good pasta bake! My favourite bits are the crispy edges. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Amy
      21/10/2018 at 11:57 AM

      Mine too!

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    21/10/2018 at 11:31 AM

    Yes! I love a recipe that uses red wine!! This looks delicious, I am looking forward to making it x

    • Reply
      Amy
      21/10/2018 at 11:55 AM

      Haha it’s always a good sign I think! Thanks Adrianne 🙂

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites
    21/10/2018 at 11:31 AM

    Love, love, love easy prep recipes like this! It reminds me so much of the dishes my mom used to make all the time growing up – yum!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      21/10/2018 at 11:53 AM

      Thanks Lauren 🙂

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Meldrum
    21/10/2018 at 11:40 AM

    I do a similar pasta bake, throwing it all in with roast vegetables and a tomato sauce. I roast the veg, then add the pasta, tomatoes, tomato puree, some red wine and stock, it is so rich and delicious. I love your version too with the sundried tomatoes added. I must try it. Sharing this now!

    • Reply
      Amy
      21/10/2018 at 11:47 AM

      Sounds so good! Thanks Jacqueline 🙂

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    21/10/2018 at 12:36 PM

    these are all drool worthy photo but that crispy pasta with all the cheese makes me drool!

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