Easy Pork Pasta Bake

    40 minutes

    This is a quick and easy alternative to lasagne. Serve with side salad and garlic bread and you have a quick and yummy meal!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 cups uncooked penne
    • 500g pork mince
    • 800g jar garlic and onion spaghetti sauce
    • 1 cup cottage cheese
    • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 2 1/2 litre baking dish.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes until tender and drain.
    3. Cook and stir the pork in a large frypan over medium heat until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the fat from the meat, pour the cooked pasta and spaghetti sauce into the frypan and stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil.
    4. Pour half of the hot pasta-sausage mixture into the prepared baking dish, spread with the cottage cheese in an even layer and sprinkle with half the mozzarella cheese. Spread the remaining pasta mixture over the cheese and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
    5. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes until the casserole is hot and the cheese is melted and bubbling. Let it stand 5 minutes to firm up before serving.

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    I made this and it was really good. I ended up adding an 8 oz can of tomato sauce as it really didn't coat the penne pasta enuf... I also, made it in a 9x13 dish and it was all the way to the top before I added the cheese...I let it bake, then added the cheese to melt...I used more than an 8 oz package...I made this and shared with our neighbor whose birthday was yesterday...She is a real picky eater and she liked it...  -  18 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very simple to assemble - got positive comments from the crew. Only change was to go 1/2 Italian sausage meat, 1/2 ground beef.  -  28 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good. This made a ton. I used broken lasagna noodles instead of penne and a bit more sauce, but I was using a full pound of noodles.  -  27 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)