Sometimes you just want to eat simple comfort food.
It was a Tuesday evening, and I had come in from the gym, and wanted something quick, wholesome and tasty.
The great thing about this dish is that you can cook the pasta, pancetta and tomato sauce all at the same time - meaning that preparation time is vastly reduced. Once it is in the oven you can crack on with your evening.
I based the pasta bake on pizza flavours. So I added mozzarella, smoky pancetta and oregano as my base flavours. The sour bread crumbs on top give a great crunch and textural difference. The mozzarella in the middle remains melted and gooey, whilst that on top goes golden and crispy. (I was wanting to top this with strips of anchovy - but was told this was a step too far - I might try it one day )
I served this with a simple fresh salad and a quick mustard dressing.
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