Pasta Bake with tomato sauce and mozzarella

Pasta Bake with tomato sauce and mozzarella

By 28/12/2014

Pasta bake is a classic Italian dish well known abroad too. It is ever so simple to prepare, you can make it in advance and it tastes delicious...always!

Cook your pasta al dente, add tomato sauce, cheese and herbs.. I have added olives too. Personalize this dish to your liking and you will find that you will make it over and over again... and that's a promise!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 35 minutes



Chop the onion finely and stir fry it in a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil until translucent. Add the tomato sauce, olives, oregano, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes at a gentle heat with the lid on.

making tomato sauce

Cook the pasta al dente then drain.

cooking pasta

Grease a baking tray with oil, put the cooked pasta in, add the sauce, the chopped mozzarella, 2 tbsp of olive oil and 4 tbsp of grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Mix well.

Italian pasta bake

Sprinkle with 2 tbsp of Parmesan or Pecorino and bake at 200C or 400F for 15 minutes until the topping looks crisp and golden.

Italian pasta bake

Serve warm.

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5 Responses to Pasta Bake with tomato sauce and mozzarella

  1. gloria

    Delizioso! I love albahaca (basil) is my favorite in this time!

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Hi Alida,
    You are correct when you said this dish is a pure classic. I actually had a friend over today for the holidays and I made something very similar to your recipe. Instead of Mozzarella Balls, I just used Ricotta. There is nothing like a baked pasta dish to enjoy for a Sunday afternoon. I love your dish especially with the olives. Never thought of that. Also love the last photo, it is so festive and looks like the Italian flag, green, white, and red. Thanks for sharing! A wish for you and your family to have a Happy New Year dear friend!
    Dottie xx πŸ™‚

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I miss carbs! This looks really satisfying and delicious!
    Happy New Year, Alida!

  4. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I love pasta bakes. Always tasty and also great at this time of year for using up all those left over bits and pieces too. Your bake looks delicious. I could happily munch through a bowl right now!

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