What’s for Dinner? Pasta Bake

I’m so sorry I dropped this for a while. The weird thing is that I’ve actually been really good at cooking dinner.

The good news is that all dinners shared from now on will be suitable for Baby-Led Weaning!

Yes, Madelyn has started solids. A blog post dedicated solely to that will be up soon (all the extremely cute photos are on my other computer, which keeps freezing), but it’s going really well. She loves food. We have skipped purees, and have gone straight to table food, so now all the meals I make need to be filled with vegetables, with pieces that are easy for a 6 month old to pick up and eat. If you’ve found my blog by searching for what to feed your baby if you’re doing Baby-Led Weaning, then rest assured that every one of the meals I share here will be meals that I have shared with Madelyn, and therefore are likely to be suitable for your baby.

Madelyn loved, loved, LOVED her dinner tonight. What was for dinner?

Pasta Bake

Pasta bake is insanely easy to make, really yummy, and freezes well, putting it in the “perfect meal” category. It is one of my favourite meals, so I was so happy when I realised it would be perfect to give to Madelyn.

My recipe is as follows:


  • penne pasta
  • minced beef
  • canned tomatoes and tomato puree, or a jar of pasta bake sauce
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • green beans
  • onions
  • cheese
  • any other vegetables that take you fancy/are in the fridge
  • any other flavourings that you think will be nice

1) Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius

2) Cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet, until it is al dente. While this is happening, chop up the onion and brown it in a frying pan. Add the minced beef, and cook this too.

3) Chop up the rest of the vegetables, and add them to the minced beef and onions, stirring to combine and cook

4) Pour the cooked pasta and meat mixture into an oven proof dish. Add the tomatoes and puree or jar of pasta sauce, and stir to combine.

5) Add roughly two cups of water, as it will soak up a lot of water

6) Grate as much cheese as you would like, and sprinkle on top

7) Put in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and it is looking good

beef and pasta casserole

It is so quick and easy to make. The best thing is that all steps up to step 6 can be done at any point during the day (not including preheating the oven), and then it can be put in the oven 20 minutes before dinner time. I actually made it all up, put it in the oven (with the oven off), and then went and taught a dance class. Angus turned the oven 20 minutes before I was due to get home, and it was ready right on time. Perfect! Pasta bake is definitely a winner for dinner.


6 thoughts on “What’s for Dinner? Pasta Bake

    • Haha, she was still squealing with delight as I got her into the bath (having already cleaned up the kitchen). But she is a very expressive child. Most of life is pretty much that exciting for her :)

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