Baked pasta – Food is my best friend!!!

pasta al forno - Baked pasta

Baked Pasta – Pasta al forno

One of those dishes we cook when we have friends coming by or big family gathering. There is not a lot of things to say about this recipe apart from: yummy meatballs, gooey cheese, Chorizo, baked pasta and other people congratulating your “hard” work.

To make this special recipe you will need: 

For 2 persons: 

250 gr of pasta (we used Tortiglioni or Rigatoni but you can use whatever pasta you like) 

50 gr of Chorizo salami 

3 Mozzarella cheese 

50 gr of Cheddar cheese

For the meatballs you will need:

500 gr of minced meat Fresh

Parsley 

2 cloves of garlic 

1 egg 

3 slices of bread 

Salt 

Oregano 

Olive Oil 

Black pepper

For the tomato sauce you will need: 

1 can of peeled plum tomatoes 

small Onion 

1 clove of Garlic 

Salt 

A sprinkle of Sugar 

2 tablespoon of Olive oil 

 

Put on your favourite music and get ready to “create”: 

First thing, to do is wet the 3 slices of bread with water until soak wet and then squeeze the water off the bread with your hands (I know it doesn’t sound appealing but this is the old-fashioned way of doing it, your meatballs will thank you later) 🙂 After that, you take a bowl and put the meat, bread, grated garlic,fresh parsley,the egg, the bread, salt,black pepper and carefully mix all the

ingredients together until you have a nice uniform and “yummy” smell mixture. Put the bowl to rest for about 2 hours in the fridge, covering with a cling film. After 2 hours take the mixture out of the fridge and make very small thumb size meatballs and after, fry them ( we don’t like fried food very much so we roasted them in the oven at 180 C/ gas mark 4/350 F) If you decide to fry them, after fried cover the meatballs with the kitchen paper to wipe the excessive oil away.


Meanwhile boil the pasta in the boiling water (making sure to cook them Al Dente as they will continue cooking in the oven), So if you need to cook the pasta for about 12 minutes drain it after the 9
th minute. After that, drain the pasta and put it on the baking tray (we used a circular pyrex). Meanwhile cut the Mozzarella,the Cheddar and the Chorizo into pieces, (this stage is very dangerous as I always end up eating like 40% of the ingredients).


To make a nice tomato sauce, all you have to do is: add some olive oil, the chopped garlic and onion on a frying pan on a medium heat and cook together until transparent. Then add the tomato can, don’t forget to add some sugar to take off the acidity flavour of the tomatoes, finally add the salt cook all together for about 15 minutes and that’s it.
So far you should have the cooked pasta, the tomato sauce, the meatballs, the chopped cheese and chorizo ready. If yes, mix everything together leaving apart the half of the mozzarella which you will put on the top of the tray. Place everything carefully on the tray, sprinkle with tiny pieces of mozzarella cheese and if you want to add the Italian touch grid some Parmesan cheese. 

Cook everything for about 30 minutes at 200 C/ gas mark 6/400 F until the cheese has melted and you finally have your Baked pasta.

After 30 minutes you will have a masterpiece in front of you! 🙂

pasta al forno - Baked pasta



 

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35 comments

  1. This looks delicious! I’m very hungry now 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words!!! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  2. Yummy , want it now.

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    1. Lol, Unfortunately there isn’t any left because my husband!!! 🙂
      Thank you for the nice words 🙂

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  3. *drools*

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    1. 🙂 thanks a lot 🙂

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  4. Oh wow this looks soooo good, mmmmm!

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    1. Thank you very very much, This is the traditional Sunday lunch in the south of Italy,
      Nice and yummy memories…….. 🙂

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  5. Bel post, mi piace! 🙂

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  6. When I see your shots I become starving xD

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    1. Thank you very very much 🙂

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      1. I´ll eat, It´s lunch time, greetings from Perú 😉

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      2. I’m glad you liked my recipes 🙂
        My husband plays to a Peruvian game called “Dudo” sometimes with dices, he likes it!!
        Have a nice lunch!!! 🙂

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      3. TY very much, God bless your family 😀

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      4. TY very very much 🙂

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  7. I adore chorizo, this dish is right up my street!

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    1. Me and my husband loved it too, thank you 🙂

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  8. My 11-year-old son finally decided to try spaghetti meatballs and now he wants it every meal lol. He used to only like plain food, but lately he’s trying new things. I might try your recipe next.

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    1. You should definitely try this recipe, I’m sure your son will like it (fingers crossed 🙂 )

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  9. omgitstaylor · · Reply

    This looks so delicious!! I love chorizo and I love pasta – perfect match!

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    1. Definitely it is, so delicious 🙂

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  10. This looks perfect! I love this + a bit more cheese! 🙂

    Jen

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    1. Lol, this one is a healthier version but you could add more cheese if you like!
      🙂

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  11. Looks delicious! Will have to try.

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    1. Thank you for the nice words, please try it, I am sure you will like it as much as I do. 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  12. Cheese and pasta, my favorite food. Yummmmm….

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    1. Thank you very much for the very kind words, it is wonderful to share ideas and interests with like minded people! Thank you again! 🙂

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      1. ☺The pleasure is mine Alice

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  13. I do this dish often except for the chorizo which I don’t like, and since I’m the cook…

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    1. Thank you Jane for stopping by and you are right the cook decides everything! Lol 🙂

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  14. I love this blog! It’s fantastic. The food looks so yummy!

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    1. Awww thank you so much lovely Sophie for the loveliest comment. I am so happy you like the food! I really do appreciate!
      Best wishes and thank you for stopping by,
      Alice

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    2. I had a look at your blog and I must say it is amazing, so I am very happily following you on Pinterest!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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