Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Homemade cheese pasta bake

I'm sure we've all seen or used the jar pasta bakes or had a ready made one but this is one is yummy and easy to make! Plus it used things you tend to have in the house anyway.

I've given measurements but i generally cook without measuring and do it by eye so feel free to play around with it. This amount serves me, Phil and Seb.

25g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk(i use semi skimmed for us but whole if making it for Seb too, both work fine)

200g cheese( i use a mix of Extra Mature Cheddar and Red Leicester usually, but you can chop and change them)

200g cooked pasta

breadcrumbs(i use ready made)

Preheat your oven to 200C

Pop the flour and butter into a pan on a medium heat, and as the butter is melting mix into a paste, then add the milk a small amount at a time, i tend to do about 100ml at a time, keep stirring it! Once all the milk is in add just under 3/4 of the cheese, stir it in and turn the heat up so the sauce begins to simmer around the edges, still stirring, as soon as it starts to simmer turn the heat right down low or even totally off and it will start to thicken, you can stop stirring now! I tend to leave it to stand with no heat for a few minutes so that it had a chance to thicken up.

Now add the pasta into a baking dish and then the sauce over the top, stir it in so its even, Then sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and add a sprinkling of breadcrumbs over the top to give a bit of crunch.

Pop into the oven for around 30 minutes and you're done!



  1. That looks lovely, Jon loves cheesy pasta bake.
    When we were at school we were taught a delicious pasta recipe where you boil a chopped onion with your pasta, strain and stir in a tin of Campbell's condensed tomato soup, add a bit of grated cheese, stick in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with more cheese and grill until golden brown...delicious, too! x

  2. I love cheesy pasta bake, yummy!!



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