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Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake

Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake

Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake

This is a cheesy bolognese pasta bake that does not take long to make. It will give a satisfying result that your guests or family will love.

rigatoni pasta

The ingredients are really a little bit up to you. The recipe below has a few elements that we like in our Bolognese sauce.

You may wish to leave some out, or perhaps you would like to add other ingredients?

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In any case, I decided to cook this last night. Because I already had most of the ingredients, most of which I needed to use up anyway.

I only need to buy some minced beef in order to make it. It is also another of those meals that you can make in advance and put into the oven when you need it.

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Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake

Sopranos Baked Ziti Recipe

The inspiration for this dish came from The Sopranos and their Ziti Al Forno (baked ziti) dish. The famous Sopranos baked ziti recipe.

I could not find any ziti pasta in Ireland so I have used Rigatoni, which may be a little bigger, but has a similar shape.

But I suppose you could also use penne or other types of pasta for this recipe.

The recipe is based on a tasty bolognese sauce and includes a layered pasta bake with cheese layered into the pasta layers. 

I always think I need to re-watch the entire Sopranos box set whenever I make this :).

We do so love Italian food (even though this must be an American/Italian invention?).

ziti pasta bake dish Sopranos bolognese sauce recipe

Sopranos Ziti

The good thing about using a tubular pasta is that it retains the sauce nicely.

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The ingredients below are enough to feed 4-6 people and to fit a 3-litre oven dish. Although I am sure Tony could have polished it off in one or two sittings (RIP James Gandolfini 🙁 ).

I hope you enjoy trying this recipe and please give me some feedback at the bottom of the page if you do!


How to make a Soprano’s baked Ziti

cheesy bolognese pasta bake

Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This cheesy bolognese pasta bake is a great alternative to spaghetti bolognese. You can make up front and pop it in the oven before you want to eat.


  • 400g Rigatoni pasta (or ziti or penne)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 x cherry vine tomatoes, halved
  • 75g button mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ yellow paprika, finely chopped
  • Can of chopped tomatoes
  • 200g tomato passata
  • 200g mozzarella cheese, sliced to give thin rounds
  • 150g cheddar cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves to suit
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 500g minced beef
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A sprig of Rosemary, chopped finely
  • Parmesan, grated


  1. Boil a pan of water and then cook the pasta for 10 minutes, no longer. Remove from the heat, sieve and run under the cold tap to stop it cooking further. 
  2. Then fry the garlic and onion in the olive oil in a pan (I use my trusty wok) and when softened, set aside.
  3. Next brown the mince in the same pan. When browned all over, use a saucepan lid to help you pour off any excess oil from the frying. Then add the mushrooms, the tomatoes and the paprika to the pan. Fry for two minutes then add the garlic and onions back to the pan. 
  4. Then add the tin of tomatoes, the beef stock and rosemary. Stir and bring to the boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. When the sauce is ready you can construct the meal. It is a bit like making a lasagne as you add the various bit in layers. Start by putting a layer of pasta on the bottom of your oven dish. Add a layer of the mince sauce. Then cover this layer with the mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese slices so that the meat sauce is covered. Add the basil on top of the cheese. Then add another layer of pasta and another final layer of meat sauce on top.
  6. Then sprinkle with grated parmesan over the entire dish.
  7. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 40 minutes.


Scoop into dishes and serve up with some tasty crusty Italian bread, it you can find some!


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 619mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 43g

If you enjoyed this recipe you may want to try:

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
Classic Lasagna Recipe
Alfredo Chicken Lasagna with spinach
Creamy Bacon Carbonara Recipe
Garlic Parmesan Pasta

all Italian classics!

Or if you are into pasta bakes then this one is wonderful:

Bacon and leek pasta bake recipe



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