Meatball Pasta Bake

A healthy version of a meatball pasta bake, full of flavour but low on fat, a family favourite that can be enjoyed without feeling guilty. It’s filling but at the same time doesn’t leave you feeling heavy once you’ve eaten it.

 

Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500g Extra lean beef mince
  • 90g grated reduced fat cheddar
  • 400g Pasta
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 200g Pasatta
  • 150g button mushrooms
  • 1 Red pepper
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 1/2 white onion
  • Dried mixed herbs
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 Chilli
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tsp Cajun spice
  • Salt & Black pepper
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • tbsp fresh Parsley
  • Worcester sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato puree

Method

Method

  1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions, drain and set aside.
  2. Finely chop onion, garlic and parsley (or add to a mini chopper and blend) and add to mince.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, Cajun spice and Worchester mix together well and roll into meatballs.
  4. Finely slice mushrooms. Cut mushrooms into small squares.
  5. Finely chop shallot, garlic and chilli, tear up the basil leave into small pieces.
  6. Add frylight to a pan and heat, add meatballs and cook until brown.
  7. Add frylight to a saucepan and fry off the mushrooms, shallots, garlic and chilli.
  8. When soft add tomatoes, passata, tomato puree and mix herbs. Season with salt and black pepper.
  9. Add sweetener to reduce the acid taste and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  10. Add basil 1 minute before the sauce is cooked.
  11. Add meatballs and sauce to the pasta, mix in well.
  12. Transfer to a oven proof dish, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a 180′c oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.