Tomato & mascarpone pasta bake

Everyone loves a pasta bake and this one is sure to be a family favourite

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 20 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 754
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 12g
  • carbs 112g
  • sugars 18g
  • fibre 8g
  • protein 31g
  • salt 0.91g


  • 1½ kg tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300ml /½ pt vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp mascarpone
  • small bunch basil, chopped
  • 500g pack penne
  • 125g ball mozzarella, torn
  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Place the tomatoes, cut-side up, in a roasting dish and drizzle with the vinegar, oregano and some seasoning. Roast for 1 hr until soft.

  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan, then cook the onion for 5 mins until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. When the tomatoes are ready, tip into the pan with the stock. Simmer for 5 mins, then add the mascarpone. Remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions, drain and set aside in a colander. Heat grill to High. Season the sauce and stir in the basil and pasta. Mix, then tip into an ovenproof dish and cover with the cheese. Grill for a few mins until golden and bubbling.

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