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Cheesy Tomato Pasta Bake


Serves 4

2tbsp olive oil

1 onion, peeled, halved and chopped

1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and roughly chopped

2 garlic clove

500g pasatta

1tbsp tomato ketchup

salt and ground black pepper

300g quick cook pasta

salt and ground black pepper

100g torn up pieces of baguette

50g each mozzarella and Cheddar or Gruyere cheese

optional extras to add to your sauce, a handful of black olives, some roughly chopped chorizo, 1tbsp chopped basil

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and pepper, cook, stirring for 10min. Then stir in the crushed garlic for 1-2min. Pour over the pasatta and ketchup. Season well, bring to the boil and then leave to bubble over a low heat for 10-15min or until the sauce is thick and reduced. Heat a large pan of water and bring to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions, then drain through a sieve or colander. Stir the cooked pasta into the hot sauce and pour into an oven proof dish.

Scatter the baguette chunks over the tomato pasta and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Cook at 180C for 10-15min or until golden brown and bubbling.

Serve with some grated Parmesan cheese.

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