This delicious recipe for a Greek Pastitsio Pasta Bake is sure to be a firm favourite at the dinner table

1 x quantity red wine meat sauce
400g penne pasta
1 x quantity white sauce
⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons salted butter
a handful fresh sage leaves
2 stems small basil leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

How To
Preheat the oven to 200º C.

Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.

Toss the pasta and meat sauce together. Add ¾ – 1 cup of reserved pasta water to loosen.

Transfer to a large greased baking dish.

Pour the white sauce over the pasta and scatter with parmesan.

Bake for about 25 minutes until golden.

Melt the butter in a pan. Add the sage and toss to coat. Once the sage turns crisp, add the basil and season with black pepper.

Pour the hot herb butter over the baked pasta and serve.

Recipe provided by Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36, a food blog by Dianne Bibby. For more details on monthly cooking classes hosted in Johannesburg, email

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