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Paneer Pasta Bake

If there are two things that I turn to when I want to make something that defines comfort food, I turn to paneer or pasta. A hot bowl of paneer curry or a cheesy creamy pasta, with that new Game of Thrones episode, yummmmmm! Off late though, I don’t eat when I watch GOT. You never know when people will start getting off or gurgling blood with that show. Sigh!

But back to the paneer and pasta love now.

You might not know this, but I’m going through a vegetarian phase at the moment. So you can imagine how much more I cling to my paneer, right.

Last day I was craving a spaghetti bolognese bake that I used to pick up at Morrisons, in Manchester. But considering my vegetarianism, I decided why not try a paneer pasta bake, but with none of those masala additions that Indianises pasta. The result? Voila!

This paneer pasta bake is simple, full of flavour and so, so, so, comforting. I had mine with some toasted garlic bread, but you don’t really need it. You can just devour this thing all on its own. I used mozzarella cheese, but feel free to use a cheddar if you have that handy.

This may also be best with some fresh crumbly paneer, but if you can’t manage to get fresh paneer, immerse your store bought paneer in a bowl of water, microwave on high till the paneer is tender and then crumble it.

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Paneer Pasta Bake
A simple easy pasta bake that uses paneer instead of beef.
Course main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For the sauce
Topping
Course main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For the sauce
Topping
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Once hot, add the chopped onions and sautee.
  2. When the onions become transparent add the garlic and saute. Then add the tomato puree and cook till the raw smell is gone. Season with salt, chilli flakes and Italian seasoning.
  3. Then add the chopped capsicum and crumbled paneer and cook till everything is well combined.
  4. In a pot, boil some salted water and cook the spaghetti as per instructions until al dente. Drain, but keep 5 tablespoons of the water aside.
  5. Take a baking dish and spray with some olive oil.
  6. Make a first layer of spaghetti,pour the drained water on top.
  7. Add the sauce as the next layer.
  8. Top with mozzarella cheese, crumbled paneer and Italian seasoning.
  9. Bake at 180C for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes

I looove dishes like this, they are super easy but look so fancy! Doesn't that look positively decadent?

But make sure to eat it hot. Reheating can harden the spaghetti.

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