Upside Down Pasta Bake
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Upside Down Pasta Bake

Upside Down Pasta Bake

with Beef Ragu and Creamy Rigatoni

Indulge in some nostalgia with a classic from childhood that's also child-friendly! This Upside Down Pasta Bake is a grown-up version of a family favourite pasta bake. For little ones, mix their portions all together to let the creamy sauce balance out the rich beef ragu.

Family Friendly
Cereals containing gluten

Boxes and ingredients are packed in facilities that handles Peanut, Nuts, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Milk, Egg, Mustard, Celery, Soya, Gluten and Sulphites. Due to the war in Ukraine, it has been necessary to substitute sunflower oil with rapeseed oil in some products without a label change. The FSA have advised that allergic reactions to rapeseed oil are rare.

Preparation Time35 minutes
Cooking time30 minutes


serving amount

1 unit(s)

Garlic Clove

180 grams

Rigatoni Pasta

(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

240 grams

British Beef Mince

1 carton(s)

Tomato Passata

28 grams

Red Wine Stock Paste

(Contains Sulphites)

1 sachet(s)

Dried Oregano

150 grams

Creme Fraiche

(Contains Milk)

10 grams

Chicken Stock Paste

20 grams

Grated Hard Italian Style Cheese

(Contains Milk, Egg)

Not included in your delivery

½ tsp

Sugar for the Sauce

75 milliliter(s)

Water for the Sauce

75 milliliter(s)

Reserved Pasta Water


Nutritional information

Energy (kJ)3946 kJ
Energy (kcal)943 kcal
Fat48.2 g
of which saturates25.5 g
Carbohydrate84.5 g
of which sugars14.8 g
Protein45.4 g
Salt3.72 g
Always refer to the product label for the most accurate ingredient and allergen information.


Garlic Press
Large Saucepan
Oven dish


Cook the Pasta

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with 1/2 tsp salt.

Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). 

When boiling, add the rigatoni to the water and bring back to the boil. Cook until tender, 12 mins.

Fry the Mince

Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat (no oil).

Once hot, add the beef mince and fry until browned, 5-6 mins. Use a spoon to break it up as it cooks, then drain and discard any excess fat.

Season with salt and pepper. IMPORTANT: Wash your hands and equipment after handling raw mince. It's cooked when no longer pink in the middle.

Simmer your Ragu

Add the garlic to the beef and fry until fragrant, 1 min.

Stir in the passata, red wine stock paste, dried oregano, sugar and water for the sauce (see pantry for both amounts).

Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 10-12 mins.

Meanwhile, preheat your grill to high.

Creamy Pasta Time

Once your pasta is cooked, reserve some pasta water (see pantry for amount), then drain in a colander.

Return the pasta to the pan, off the heat. Drizzle with oil, then mix in the creme fraiche, chicken stock paste and reserved pasta water.

Assemble the Bake

Transfer your creamy pasta to an appropriately sized ovenproof dish, making sure the bottom is entirely covered.

Spoon the ragu over the top in an even layer and sprinkle over the cheese.

Grill until golden brown and bubbling, 4-5 mins.

Serve Up

When ready, share your upside down pasta bake between your bowls.