Cheap Family Meals – Pasta Bake

Cheap family meals are what I am always seeking and I just recently remembered another which was one of my favourites; my mum’s pasta bake.  We often used to have this as children and I would always be left wanting more.  I mean cheese, pasta, tomato and mince what’s not to like…

As a mummy I am now seeing this meal in a whole new light as it is cheap, the kids love it. its nutritious and the best part is that you can have the leftovers cold the next day as a pasta salad.


  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 can of sweetcorn
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • 500g bag of Farfalle Pasta
  • Cheese (enough to cover the top)
  • 500g Minced Beef (can also use quorn mince)


  1. Boil water for pasta and cook pasta until just before al dente (no more as it will be too soft)
  2. Chop up onion and pepper
  3. Shallow fry until softened
  4. Add mince and shallow fry until browned
  5. Add the soup and corn and stir
  6. Put pasta and other ingredients into pyrex or other over proof dish and grate cheese over the top
  7. Cook in an oven heated to 180 degrees C for around 45 mins or until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do



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