Beef and Pasta Bake - the Best!

"I have tried so many pasta bakes but this one from the Australian Women's Weekly is still the best IMHO! Easy and very delicious, reheats great and everyone loves it - what more could you want! I've tried to translate the recipe into American as much as possible; hope you enjoy it as much as my family does."
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  • Preheat oven to 180 (350F).
  • Heat oil in large pan; cook onion, garlic, bacon and carrot, stirring, til carrot is just tender - about 8 minutes *.
  • Add mince and cook, stirring, til mince changes colour; then add undiluted soup, tomato paste, sauce and oregano and simmer, covered, about 15 mins or til mixture has thickened slightly.
  • While beef mixture is simmering, cook pasta and drain. Stir pasta into beef mixture, then spoon into an oiled deep 8 cup capacity ovenproof dish and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 mins or until browned slightly.
  • *If you want to, you can add a stick of chopped celery along with the onion etc or add some mushrooms just before the mince.

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  1. Quick and delicious. I added a little minced celery but otherwise followed exactly. Can't wait for the leftovers tomorrow!
  2. Was a nice change from regular spaghetti sauce pasta bake. I made mine with less meat and more pasta, turned out fine!
  3. Way better than I expected from the simple ingredients. Very good. Thanks for sharing.
  4. It's tough to please EVERYONE at dinner time in my household but this did the trick! Easy to put together with ingredients I generally have on hand. Followed the recipe exactly and was rewarded with a really tasty dish. Thanks!
  5. In a word Yum. I added pepper and a bit of salt and used an extra half cup of cheese because I love cheese. I also added mushrooms and worcestershire sauce as well. Served it with garlic bread and salad. Thanx for posting Beck!


  1. This was REALLY good!! We did leave out the carrot, and substituted fresh mushrooms. We also used 1 lb ground beef instead of the minced beef. It was so great, and we can't wait to eat the leftovers! Thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe!
  2. I used ground beef and a red bell pepper instead of a carrot. I also added a layer of ricotta cheese (mixed with egg, parmesan cheese and ground pepper) between the layers of pasta and meat sauce. A dash of crushed red pepper is also good.


I live in Melbourne with my gorgeous husband Andy! We're both total foodies who love making and eating dishes of all sorts - I normally try at least 4 new recipes a week. We both do swing dancing and are totally obsessed with our two beautiful cats, Couscous (mine) and Moo(DH's). Couscous loves red wine and savoury food, while Moois addicted to frozen yoghurt and chocolate. It's a full time job trying to eat dinner in peace!
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