Beef and Bacon Pasta Bake

We all enjoy pasta bakes which are filling, tasty and versatile.  You can add any veggie you have handy and they are also great for doubling and freezing.  I have added a few little changes to the original recipe I found a few years ago on the The Organised Housewife site.

This doubled up version will make two large pasta bakes in lasagne dishes.  If I'm going to the effort of making one I may as well double and get two so I can freeze one for another day.  You can halve the ingredients if needing only one.

Pasta Bake.

500g spiral pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
8 rashers bacon, diced
1kg minced beef
2 carrots, chopped
Small handful fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
Black pepper to taste
700g jar passata
420g can diced tomatoes
2 cups grated cheese 

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Cook pasta according to packet directions.  Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in a large frying pan with high sides.  Add onion, garlic and bacon, cook until starting to brown.  Add the minced beef breaking up lumps.  Cook until browned well.

Add the carrots, parsley, peas and corn.  Mix well and then season with black pepper.  Add the passata and diced tomatoes.  Stir everything together well and simmer for 15 minutes.


Combine the mince mixture with the pasta.


Divide mixture between two lasagne dishes and top with grated cheese. 

Ready for the oven.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden.


  1. That looks unbelievably delicious Kylie! A real family pleaser! xo

    1. Thanks Marie. The kids were more than happy to finish it off next day after school. Filled them up until dinner and there was no ‘pantry and fridge raiding’ just before dinner either.

  2. That sounds absolutely delicious. I love the photos, too. I'll have to buy these ingredients. What's passata?

    1. Passata is basically tomatoes which have been pushed through a sieve. No other flavours and is quite smooth too. Unlike bottled pasta sauces and tomato paste which have a different consistency and other flavours added. I hope that helps.


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