This is one of those simple, classic recipes that I often prepare for my girls and they never leave anything on the plate, sometimes even ask for an extra portion.
- 500 g pasta (I used whole-wheat conchiglie but any chunky pasta shapes will work here)
- 3 bell peppers in various colours (diced)
- 250 g cheese (grated)
- 2 – 3 tbs home-made smokey fajita seasoning mix
for the tomato sauce
- 3 tbs flour
- 3 -4 tbs butter
- 400 ml boiling water
- 1 large vegetable cube
- 1 tbs died oregano
- 2 x 400 g tins of chopped tomatoes
- ½ tbs golden caster sugar (or other fine sugar)
- sea salt (to taste)
- 2 – 3 tbs of cream or full fat milk – optional
- measuring jug
- large roasting dish or couple of smaller ones or even ramekins
- Cook pasta, drain and leave aside.
- In meantime prepare the sauce: in a jug dissolve cube in boiling water, place butter and flour in a saucepan and heat stirring constantly, add oregano, gradually add also dissolved cube and stir until the sauce is smooth. Add chopped tomatoes, sugar and salt to taste if necessary.
- Combine sauce with pasta and chopped pepper and transfer to the baking dish.
- Sprinkle everything with fajita seasoning and top with cheese.
- Bake in the oven preheated to 200 until cheese is golden brown.
- Serve immediately with some salad or vegetable juice on a side.
Makes 5 – 6 portions.
If you are preparing this dish for children you can use separate ramekin dishes for them and use less fajita seasoning then for the adults or even skip it all together. The tomato sauce with oregano is tasty on it’s own as well.
If you are looking for more pasta bakes then try: Emily’s Delicious and filling smokey halloumi pasta bake, Sarah’s Family Filling Ham and Vegetable Pasta Bake, Helen’s Sainsbury’s tuna penne pasta bake, Katie’s Easy pasta bake recipes or Mabintu’s Baked Pasta with Sausage and Butternut Squash Sauce.
I am going to have to try making it for my girls then.
This sounds absolutely gorgeous!! Literally all my favourite things in one – pasta, cheese, Mexican food!! Love the sound of the smoky fajita seasoning.
Great idea for a quick and tasty weeknight supper. Will give it a go with my lot :)
what a clever idea – and I love that you made your own fajita mix – I really must do that, as I love the flavour.
My girl will get the same treatment, too :) They look quite delicious. I want to ask you, whether it’s possible to make them with fresh tomatoes, too?
Yes, Amber, I’m sure you can make the sauce with freshly chopped tomatoes, it may only take a bit longer to cook but it will taste delicious.