Welcome to my cooking blog. My name is Michelle Jenkins. Let me start by admitting that these are NOT gourmet meals, they are NOT fine dining, but they are mine. I have cooked all of these recipes and taken my own photos. They are fairly simple recipes, most of them are quick to prepare and cook and all of them are delicious. I only post my successes! If something doesn't work out, I don't post it. I hope you enjoy this blog.

Monday, January 13, 2014

4 Cheese Pasta Bake

This pasta bake is made with low-fat heart-smart mince beef, low-FODMAP tomato base and cheeses and also with gluten-free pasta. I would call it the healthiest pasta bake around! The four cheeses make it the delicious dish that it is, in fact it adds quite a twist on the old pasta bake recipes we're all used to. This serves 6-8 generous helpings.


  • 600g lean, low-fat heart-smart mince beef
  • 1 onion, chopped (eliminate for low FODMAP diet
  • 2 whole cloves garlic (remove after cooking for low FODMAP diet)
  • ½ green capsicum
  • ½ yellow capsicum
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jar tomato cooking sauce (garlic and onion free, i.e. Passata)
  • ½ chopped red chilli
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herb (i.e. rosemary, thyme, parsley and oregano)
  • 500g pasta of your choice. I used gluten-free macaroni
  • 200g low-fat Greek feta cheese, crumbled
  • 100g Grana Padano cheese, grated
  • 100g Peccorino cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Cook the pasta as per packet instructions
  3. Heat oil in a medium sized saucepan and when hot, add onion and garlic (omit if making low-FODMAP) and also add the chilli, stir together 
  4. Add the capsicum, herbs, salt & pepper and stir
  5. Add the meat and brown through, but don't over do it as it's going into the oven. Once the meat is browned, remove from heat
  6. When the pasta is cooked, place it into a large earthenware dish or large oven-proof casserole dish, i.e. Chasseur pot with lid
  7. Pour in the browned mince, cherry tomatoes, tomato cooking sauce and mix well
  8. Place the crumbled feta on top, then the grated cheeses evenly
  9. Spread to make even coverage and cook, with the lid on, at 160 degrees for 20mins
  10. To brown the cheese on top, remove the lid, turn the oven to the grill setting and grill on a high heat for about 5-7mins - watching carefully so it doesn't burn the cheese
  11. Serve into generous sized bowls and try not to devour the whole thing!
D-E-L-icious  XD

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