Easy Healthy Pizza Pasta

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You may have seen in news paper articles and on social media about how food giant Mars has announced it will be labelling some of its sauces as for ‘occasional’ rather than ‘everyday’ use due to the high fat, sugar and salt content some of these sauces contain. The newspaper articles I have been reading have been focusing mainly on the Dolmio sauces but of course if you check some of the jarred sauces you may have in your cupboard, whatever brand it may be, you may be as shocked as I was and it is of course a good thing that Mars are making this move. I love a pasta bake for a quick dinner and never think to check the label just assuming that a vegetable base sauce must be healthy.

Last night for dinner we had a simple pasta bake made with a homemade sauce. We called it ‘Pizza Pasta’ as it looked a bit like pizza once it came out of the oven. I made enough for 2 adults, 3 children and enough left over for my 2 year old and I to have a portion each for lunch today. Here’s how I made it

 

You will need

750g of pasta shells

3 tins of Italian chopped tomatoes

3 Echalion shallots

About 5 basil leaves

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Mozzarella

 

How to make the pasta bake

Boil the pasta in a pot of boiling water.

Heat 4 table spoons of olive oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat.

Peel and finely chop the shallots and gently heat in the frying pan with the olive oil. You do not want to brown the shallots just gently fry them for a few minutes.

Add the 3 tins of chopped tomatoes into the frying pan, add a pinch of salt and pepper and heat on high whilst stirring for 5 minutes.

Finely chop the basil leaves into the sauce (I just cut them with scissors straight into the pan) and heat for a further 2 minutes.

Using a blender, blend the sauce until it is smooth.

Place the cooked pasta into  a large oven proof dish and stir in the sauce until all of the pasta is covered.

Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and place any way you like on top of your pasta.

Bake in the over for about 10 minutes.

pasta 2If you will not use any of the left over pasta bake the next day or you are not using as much pasta you could freeze the left over sauce for a quick meal another day or it is lovely heated on its own as a soup.

If you use a freezer bag to freeze the sauce a good little tip is to rub some oil all over the inside of the bag before you add the sauce. When you come to reheat the sauce it should slip out of the bag easily.

 

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Author:

I am a 28 year old mum living in Kent. I am totally outnumbered living with my husband and 3 boys but I love the fun and adventure they bring to my life. As a family we enjoy being active and to get out and about as much as possible. A little about us Me- My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was 16 and him 19. Being so young I don't think either of us expected a nervous first date at the cinema to lead to marriage and 3 children but we soon became inseparable. It can be hard staying 'girlie' in a house full of boys. DS1- DS1 is very sporty. He enjoys football, rugby and swimming but his real passion is motocross. I think hubby would have happily had him on a motocross bike the second he took his first step but he first started to ride when he got his first 50cc bike at 6 years old. Now, aged 8, he rides with complete confidence on his 65cc and is desperate to start competing. As his mother I will always worry about him no mater what he does but seeing how happy this sport makes him makes me want to support him 100%. DS2- DS2 is a real animal lover. He would love nothing more than to have a house full of cats and dogs but unfortunately for him the only pet we have is our goldfish named 'Goldie'. When we visit family who have dogs DS2 will happily sit there for hours talking, stroking and trying to teach them tricks. Computer games is DS2's favourite pass time. He was gifted a tablet for Christmas last year and now, at 6, he has my husband bugging him on tips to get new levels. To keep active DS2 really enjoys swimming. He is not afraid of the water at all and would swim every day given the chance. He has such a loving, caring personality. DS3- DS3 is, well, a real handful as most 2 year olds are. He is never short of energy and zooms everywhere at a million miles an hour on his favourite balance 'motorbike'. Much to my husbands joy DS3 is also obsessed, yes obsessed with motocross. All he wants to do is play motorbikes, wear DS1's helmet and boots at any given chance and watch the videos of DS1 riding. DS3 learns so much from his older brothers and he surprises me everyday with how daring and forward he is in so many ways.

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