Easy Meals: Pasta Bake

Here’s a recipe I use to cook a meal for 5 people in my house – a simple pasta bake which can be changed to suit all your housemates!


Here’s a recipe I use to cook a meal for 5 people in my house – a simple pasta bake which can be changed to suit all your housemates! It’s always a good idea to have a meal together every now and then, as not only is it fun to all cook a recipe together, but it’s much cheaper! Here’s what you’ll need for the pasta bake recipe:

  • Pasta (it’s cheaper to buy this in bulk & share between housemates)

  • Pasta bake sauce (Aldi sell this for 55p)

  • Cheese

  • Breadcrumbs (optional)

  • Any form of vegetables (peppers, mushrooms work well)

  • Any form of meat (tuna, chicken etc)

  • Pasta bake tray (we got ours from T K Maxx in Liverpool for £5)

  1. Fill your baking tray with any type of pasta, until you can’t see the bottom of the tray. Then pour the contents of the pasta bake sauce onto the pasta, trying to cover as much as possible.

  2. Fill the empty jar of sauce with water (up until the top of the label), give it a shake, and pour onto the pasta (this helps the pasta cook)

  3. Put the tray into a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Whilst it’s in the oven, chop any vegetables that you want to add to your pasta bake, and grate the cheese

  4. Once the 20 minutes is up, add your vegetables and meat (if using chicken, make sure to cook this first), give it a stir, and sprinkle the cheese and breadcrumbs on top

  5. Put back into the oven for a following 20-25 minutes. Then tuck in and enjoy!

Why not try this recipe with garlic bread? Or try out with different flavour sauces? If you’re feeling extra fancy, why not stick a side salad with it?


If you have any leftover, this recipe is fine to refrigerate and reheat the next day, depending on what meat you use. Just pop the leftovers into a tub and keep in the fridge overnight, and you have a cheap lunch for the next day! So why not get your house/flatmates involved and cook it with them?