Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake
This recipe 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.
The ingredients are really a little bit up to you. The recipe below has a few elements that we always like in our Bolognese sauce.
But you may wish to leave some out, or perhaps you would like to add some other ingredients?
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, which makes it great when you have guests round for dinner.
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 used some Rigatoni. Ziti is a smooth hollow pasta, making it a little different to the ridged rigatoni pasta.
But you could also use penne (also hollow and ridged) or any other type of short tube pasta for this recipe. The point is that the chunky sauce gets trapped in the hollow pasta.
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 it is time 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).
The good thing about using tubular pasta is that it retains the sauce nicely.
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 in the comments section if you do!
How to make a Soprano’s baked Ziti
If you enjoyed this recipe you may want to try:
all Italian classics!
Or if you are into pasta bakes then this one is one of our favourites: