Roasted pepper and meatball pasta bake

Roasted pepper and meatball pasta bake
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Takes 10 minutes to make, 35 minutes to cook

This meatball bake is the perfect Friday night meal. Warm, hearty and unctuous, just what you need after a hard week at work.

Ingredients

  • 160g penne or small rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 mini beef meatballs
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 100ml red wine
  • 400g tin cherry tomatoes
  • ½ x 290g jar Saclà Peperonata Antipasto
  • 60g fresh mozzarella, torn into 10-12 pieces
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions until al dente. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan until hot, then fry the meatballs for 4-5 minutes over a medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over. Remove from the pan and set aside. 3. Reduce the heat to low and fry the garlic for 1 minute. Pour in the red wine, bubble for 1 minute, then add the tinned tomatoes and 50ml water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes until reduced and thickened. Season to taste, adding a little sugar if necessary.
  3. Stir through the peperonata. Mix in the drained, cooked pasta and the meatballs, then transfer to a small ovenproof baking dish.
  4. Scatter over the mozzarella and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until bubbling. Scatter with basil leaves, then serve.

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