Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake©

A healthier version of a timeless favourite. This cheese and tomato pasta bake is a recipe the whole family will love especially the kids.
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  • Serves 6
  • 9 Ingredients
  • 15 Minutes Prep
  • 3 Minutes Cook
  • Easy
Nutrition per serve
  • Energy 1515kJ
  • Protein 17g
  • Fat (total) 11g
  • - Saturated Fat 3g
  • Carbohydrate (total) 45g
  • Fibre 9g
  • Sodium 450mg


300g dried wholemeal penne

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

150g button mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 cups tomato pasta sauce

1 sweet corn cob, kernels removed

1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped

100g low-fat ricotta cheese, crumbled

1 cup fresh wholegrain breadcrumbs

3/4 cup reduced-fat grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Cook penne, following instructions on the packet, until al dente.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes until just tender.
  4. Add tomato pasta sauce, cover and bring to the boil.
  5. Stir in corn. Remove from heat.
  6. To make the crunchy cheese topping, place breadcrumbs and remaining oil in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Stir in cheese. Set aside.
  7. Drain penne and immediately return to the pan.
  8. Add tomato mixture, basil and ricotta. Gently toss to combine.
  9. Spoon into lightly greased 6 x 1 ½ cup capacity baking dishes or ramekins. Top with cheese.
  10. Cook under a preheated grill for 2-3 minutes until golden and serve.

Dietitian Notes / Recipe Tips

Hard cheeses can be a great source of calcium, however they can also be high in fat, sodium and kilojoules. Choosing a reduced fat cheese generally means it contains 25% less fat and is a healthier option. And remember try not to be over zealous when topping your food with cheese.

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Provider Acknowledgement

Recipe and image kindly provided by Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company

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