Greek-inspired layered pasta bake

8 servings Prep: 15 mins, Cooking: 1 hr 45 mins
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Indulge in layers of mediterranean flavour with a Greek-inspired baked pasta adventure. This recipe uses Fry's Pea Protein mince as it's such a tasty swap you won't even notice it's a plant-based version!

By Independent Contributor February 29 2024
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Ingredients (22)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh garlic — chopped
1 onion — finely chopped
600 g Fry's Pea Protein Mince
3/4 cup vegetable stock
400 g tin crushed tomatoes
2 vegetable stock cubes
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
White sauce
50 g plant-based butter
1/2 cup cake flour
2 cup plant-based milk
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
50 g parmesan cheese — grated
500 g macaroni
60 g feta cheese — crumbled
40 g parmesan cheese — grated
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Fry the onion and garlic with oil in a pot over a high heat. Add the mince once the onion has softened. And cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Add the 3/4 cup stock and simmer until the liquid has reduced.

Add the remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes to an hour.

The sauce should be thick and have almost no liquid, unlike bolognaise which is much saucier.

Remove from stove and cool to room temperature.

White sauce:

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add flour and stir for 1 minute.

While stirring, slowly add the milk to form a wet paste and then continue until it forms a smooth lump free liquid.

Cook, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove and stir in nutmeg, cheese and salt.

Leave to cool for 5 minutes until room temperature and pourable.

Cook the pasta for 5 minutes in boiling salted water. You want it just short of al dente as it will continue to cook in the oven later.

Drain, then return to the pot and stir through crumbled feta.

Assembly and baking:

Preheat oven to 180°C

Place pasta in a large baking dish arranging them so they are all going in the same direction as best you can. Make the surface as level as you can. For an everyday supper just lay out the pasta a evenly and level as possible, don’t worry about arranging them all in the same direction.

Top with mince, then smooth the surface.

Pour over white sauce, then sprinkle over the remaining parmesan cheese.

Bake 30 min or until crust turns golden.

Serve after cooling for about 10 minutes.

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