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Bolognaise shell pasta bake

  • 20 minutes
  • 50 minutes
  • 4-6
Bolognaise shell pasta bake


  • 250 grams large shell pasta
  • 500 grams lean beef mince
  • ½ onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or celery leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped black olives
  • 1 550-gram jar bolognaise-style sauce
  • 1¼ cups beef stock or water
  • 100 grams feta, crumbled (optional)
  • ½ cup grated cheddar-style cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Cook the pasta shells in boiling salted water for 5 minutes only, drain well. They will be undercooked but don't worry. While cooking the pasta, make the mince filling.
  3. Mix together the beef mince, onion, herbs, olives and 1 cup of the bolognaise-style sauce.
  4. Mix the remaining bolognaise-style sauce with the beef stock or water and pour over the base of a large lasagne-style baking dish.
  5. Place the half-cooked pasta shells snugly into the dish and divide the mince filling evenly among the shells. Sprinkle over the cheeses.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until hot and golden. Serve with seasonal vegetables or salad.

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