Cheesy Baked Pasta

Meat, veggies, pasta, plenty of cheese, and a rich creamy sauce… hungry yet?  

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy, and is the ultimate comfort food!

This cheesy baked pasta casserole is my family’s favorite!

I’ve been making it ever since I first saw Shireen Anwer make it on Masala Mornings nine years ago. Which is why I am reposting this recipe because the pictures and the writing in the original post do not do justice to how awesome this recipe is.

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy, and is the ultimate comfort food!

Creamy, cheesy, and oh so comforting! This saucy pasta baked together with ground beef is a crowd-pleasing, no fuss meal which can be a perfect addition to your iftar table.

It is easy to make using basic ingredients and it is a great one to prepare early in the day and then bake in the evening right before iftar time.

 

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy, and is the ultimate comfort food!

This is one recipe your family is going to absolutely LOVE. So easy to make and even more delicious to eat!

The next time you want an incredibly easy weeknight dinner or something new for ifar, give this loaded cheesy pasta bake a try! And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #spatulainmypocket on Instagram.

Cheesy Baked Pasta

Serves 8-10
Ingredients:
Tomato-Meat Sauce
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic paste, heaped
1 carrot, chopped
½ kilo ground beef
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, leveled
½ cup tomato paste
½ cup sliced mushrooms
White Sauce
2 Tablespoon butter
4 Tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white or black pepper
½ teaspoon mustard powder
1 cup chicken stock/water
1 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
Toppings
1 packet of pasta of your choice
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Dried Oregano
Directions:
1.       In a pan, heat oil. Fry the chopped onion till it changes color and becomes soft. Add in the ginger garlic paste and fry till golden brown. Add in the carrot. Mix. Then add in the beef and mushrooms. Mix well on high heat for a few minutes. Then add in the; chili flakes, salt, and black pepper. Keep mixing till meat changes color. Then add in a cup of water along with tomato paste. Mix, cover, and leave to cook on low heat for 30-40 minutes.
2.      While sauce is simmering, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain.
3.      Add drained pasta to the meat sauce, mix and turn off heat. Put the pasta mixture into a large casserole dish and set aside.
4.      For the white sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the butter. Once melted, take the pan off the heat and add in the flour, salt, black pepper, and mustard powder. Mix well using a wooden spoon and bring back to heat. Cook for a minute before adding in the stock and milk. On low-medium heat, mix continuously till the sauce thickens. Remove off the heat and add in the cheddar cheese.
5.      Pour the entire sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and oregano on top.
6.      Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

 

Simple Strawberry Cake

A fresh, light (yet dense!), and incredibly moist cake – the perfect treat to bake during quarantine, and enjoy with a cup of tea.

This cake comes together really easily with ingredients you more than likely already have in your kitchen. It is also an excellent way to make use of the juicy strawberries in season.

I also got to use my heart shaped pan, which I often feel gets neglected.

Do not do what I did, which is to try and tip out the cake from the pan!

This cake is way too delicate to be removed from a regular cake pan. Please use a spring from pan with a removable bottom or use any pie dish and serve the cake straight from it.

Delicious moist strawberry cake.

Here are some other juicy strawberry bakes you might like:
Strawberries and Cream Sponge Cake
Buttermilk pancakes with strawberry compote

Stay home, stay safe, and bake on.
xxx

 Simple Strawberry Cake

 Servings: 8-10
Ingredients:
·         6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
·         1 1/2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
·         1 1/2 tsp baking powder
·         1/2 tsp salt
·         1 cup (200 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
·         1 large egg, at room temperature
·         1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
·         1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
·         1 pound (450 grams) strawberries, hulled and halved
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C. Grease a 9 or 10-inch baking pan or Pyrex dish with butter or oil. Line the bottom with parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined.
  5. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.
  6. Transfer batter into prepared pan and smooth with spatula.
  7. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, in a single layer. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
  8. Bake cake until golden brown about 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan before slicing.
Notes
* If using salted butter, reduce the amount of salt to a ¼ tsp.
**Leftovers can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, for up to 2 days.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart