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Penne, spinach, and ricotta bake

Nothing beats a hearty, Italian-inspired meal, and this recipe is a great one to get the kids involved in cooking!

Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service.

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 110 mins

Serves: 6


  • Step 1

    Sauté the onions in a little olive oil with the garlic. Add the tinned tomatoes and tomato purée, followed by the vegetable stock. Mix well and let simmer for 1 hour over low heat until a fairly thick tomato sauce is achieved. Remove from heat, add the sliced basil leaves and leave to cool.

  • Step 2

    Now cook the penne in plenty of boiling water for about 10 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water. Set aside for later.

  • Step 3

    Mix the spinach with the ricotta cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon zest and reserve for later.

  • Step 4

    In a baking dish, place a layer of penne on the bottom, then spoon on some spinach mix. Next, spoon over a little of the tomato sauce and continue to layer with each component.

  • Step 5

    Finish by pouring the white sauce over the top and sprinkling with the Cheddar cheese. Bake at 170 ̊C for 40 minutes.


A delicious all-in-one dish—the tomatoes, tomato purée and spinach provide about roughly one of your 5 a day—but add a crunchy salad for a really healthy, balanced meal.