Penne pasta bake

In Byron Bay during #Covid19 we’re up early, exercising, swimming across the Bay then back home to bunker down. During the first few weeks there was pasta as far as the eyes could see in my house! There is so much comfort to be found in pasta bakes, like this crunchy penne or the lasagna.

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Penne pasta bake

  • Author: Samantha Gowing
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x


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1 Tbsp olive oil
1 brown onion, peeled, finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, peeled, finely sliced
1 kg lean beef mince
500ml tomato sugo or passata
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup red wine
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs thyme or oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Salt and pepper
500 grams penne pasta
Olive oil or melted butter for greasing
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet heat oil, add onion and grail and sauté until transparent.
  2. Add beef mince and cook stirring for 7-10 mins until the meat is browned all over.
  3. Stir in sugo, tomato paste, then pour in the red wine.
  4. Add bay leaves, thyme or oregano, ground cumin, ground coriander
  5. Reduce heat, season with salt and pepper, simmer for 40 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  6. Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted boiling water according to packet instructions. Drain and pat dry.
  7. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  8. Grease an ovenproof dish with a little oil or melted butter.
  9. Spoon cooked penne in dish. Spoon over sauce, mix well.
  10. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and a little crunchy on top.
  11. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly before serving.
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food

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