Pasta bake

Pasta bake
Pasta bake

Serves 4


  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can tinned tomatoes
  • 500g pasta shells
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin, roasted
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Cheddar cheese, grated, to serve
  • Breadcrumbs, to serve
  • Salt and pepper, to season


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° degrees.
  2. Peel garlic cloves and onion and finely dice. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large fry pan over medium- high heat.
  4. Add onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until the onion is soft and turns clear.
  5. Add canned tomatoes and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to packet instructions. Drain pasta using a colander or sieve.
  7. Stir cooked pasta through the tomato sauce. Add roasted pumpkin, ricotta cheese and mix together.
  8. Place the mixture into a deep baking dish. Sprinkle with desired amount of cheese. Top with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. Season lightly with a pinch of salt
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  10. Divide pasta bake into 4 portions and serve.

Feeding Kids Tip: Serve a small amount of a new food to start with. If your child doesn’t like it, not much is wasted, and the rest can go in the fridge to try again tomorrow. 

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