Monday, 19 September 2011

Pasta bake...

Every now and then I like to surprise the kids with a cooked lunch - pasta is favourite for this as it's cheap and tasty and today I did an easy pasta bake for them with bacon, cheese and finely chopped onions As I like a crunchy crust on oven dishes I sprinkled breadcrumbs on the cheese to get that extra crunchiness.

  • about 250 grams / half a pound of pasta
  • 100 grams / 4 ounces bacon - I used thinly sliced bacon that I chopped up
  • 150 grams grated cheese with extra for on top
  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 1 glass of milk ( 1/4 litre / 1/2 pint)
  • 2 glasses of water ( 1/2 litre / 1 pint)
  • handful of breadcrumbs (optional) 
  • 25 grams / 1 ounce margarine or butter
How to make:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / 392 F
  2. On a high flame (highest setting on an electric etc. cooker) Lightly fry the onions in the margarine
  3. Add the bacon and fry till cooked
  4. Add the water and milk and stir well
  5. Bring to the boil while still stirring
  6. Turn the heat off and add the cheese bit by bit - it doesn't have to completely melt at this point.
  7. Half fill a deep dish with the pasta
  8. Pour over the sauce you just made
  9. Sprinkle the leftover grated cheese over the pasta and the breadcrumbs if you are using them
  10. Put in the oven for about 45 minutes

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