How To Make:
Bacon & Veggie Pasta Bake
#Perfect to make in advance for a quick dinner or an easy lunch box filler!
- 500g cooked pasta (I used penne but any shapes (bows, animals)will work)
- 4 rashers of bacon
- 2 spring onions, diced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 large tomatoes, chopped roughly
- 1/2 cup corn kernels, frozen or fresh
- spinach leaves
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 knob of butter
- 3 cups of milk
- 2 tblsp cornflour
- 1/2 cup grated cheese, plus extra for topping
- Sauté onions in a dash of oil, add bacon and cook until lightly coloured. Note: I’m fairly stringent on the oil as the fat from the bacon will even it out
- Add carrots and cook until almost al dente. Add tomatoes and corn and cook for a couple of minutes
- Season with salt and pepper, add pasta to pan and combine
- Melt butter in a large, thick bottomed pot. Add flour and stir quickly with a wooden spoon over low heat to form a roux
- Pull off heat and add a good splash of milk. Mix and smooth out any lumps. Replace on low heat and continue stirring
- Gradually add all of the milk and stir, let the sauce thicken. Note: add more milk if too thick or more flour if not thick enough
- Pull off heat and add cheese
- Pour sauce over pasta and combine, add the spinach leaves and gently fold into pasta
- Pour into a large rectangular casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese Note: I sometimes forgo the cheese to make it a little lighter
- Bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 10-15 minutes at 180°C (350°F/Gas 4) until cheese is melted
You can blend the vegetables up to a smooth paste and combine with a little tomato sauce to hide them amongst the pasta if you’re dealing with picky eaters. I like to call it:
This recipe is quick and super easy to make and fun for the kids to get involved in. Give them a stool and an apron and you’ll find they’re more than happy to help stir the pot. I find that by getting the kids to contribute to the cooking process, they become more appreciative of healthy food and the need to eat their fruits & veggies!
Now that school is back, what kind of things do you put in your kids lunch boxes?
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as I begin to put together a back-to-school portfolio of goodies!