Fresh filled pasta from the supermarket is an amazing marvel of modern convenience food but you can do so much more than just coat it in a tub of pre-made sauce…or pesto…again! This is my go-to speedy pasta bake with a quick white sauce – 10 minutes cooking and on the table in under 30.
I did not grow up eating pasta with the exception of a very rare spag-bol. I still don’t go crazy for it, especially not being a fan of tomato-based sauces. But I do remember the first time I really enjoyed it was at the Red Lion Inn in Bloxham circa 2000. I had tomato ravioli with white sauce from a Sunday Dinner set menu. It was technically a poor show for a pub menu (although the roast was amazing) but I loved it and went home and tried to recreate it. Considering I was in the very early stages of my cooking journey, I created a pretty decent facsimile using a bechamel recipe from the Be-Ro Cookbook* and I’ve recreated something similar as a speedy dinner many times over the years.
200g Cooking Bacon
300g Tomato & Mozzarella Tortelloni
25g Plain Flour
125g Fresh Mozzarella
Sea Salt Flakes
- Use whatever filled pasta your heart desires.
- Use whatever cheese your heart desires. (melty/stringy ones are better but you could combine).
- It is incredibly easy to add in some decent quantities of veg to to the recipe. Some fried onions and mushrooms would be a quick and easy start as would some fried courgettes.
- It would be equally easy to leave out the bacon and ensure that you use veggie friendly filled pasta to make this a vegetarian friendly dish.
- I use cooking bacon because that is a) what I had and b) because it is mighty cheap. You could use any bacon here really, even fancy it up with some pancetta or crisped-up parma/serrano ham.
Preheat the oven to 220c or equivalent.
Line a small baking pan or casserole dish with greaseproof paper.
Put a kettle on to boil.
Slice 200g Cooking Bacon into small-ish chunks and fry in a dry pan on a medium high heat until cooked through and a little golden. Remove the cooked bacon from the pan and set aside.
Fill a medium saucepan with the boiling kettle water and add 300g Tomato & Mozzarella Tortelloni. Turn the heat to high and give the pasta a prod until the pieces are separated. The pasta will take around 4 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on it whilst making the sauce.
While the pasta is cooking, start making the bechamel by adding 25g Butter to the bacon pan on a medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add 25g Plain Flour and stir with a spatula until it forms a smooth paste. Cook for a minute or two while continuing to move the pasta in the pan.
Add 300ml Milk to the flour/butter paste a little at a time, making sure that it is fully combined and lump free before adding the next batch of milk.
Add Sea Salt Flakes to taste. Don’t go overboard as the bacon may be salty.
Remove the sauce from the heat.
Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Stir and fully combine then tip into the lined dish.
Sprinkle the cooked bacon over the pasta then tear 125g Fresh Mozzarella over the top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and a little golden and the sauce is bubbling up.
If you don’t consider the tomato in the pasta to be one of your 5 a day, perhaps consider serving with a salad. Or not, whatever, I’m not your mother.
Let me know in the comments what combination you come up with!
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For more speedy meal ideas, why not check out some of my other popular speedy posts:
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Filled Pasta with Gammon and Mushrooms (10 Minute Meal)
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