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Cheesy Christmas Pasta Casserole

Liven up your leftovers with our cheesy Christmas pasta, guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser in your home this Christmas.

Instructions

  • Boil your pasta in a pot of water following the directions of the specific pasta you're using. Be sure to not overcook your pasta as it will continue cooking in the oven. 2-5 minutes before your pasta is ready, add your left over chopped vegetables (cook time depends on the veg).

  • Strain the pasta and veg (keep 4 tablespoons of the pasta water) and rinse the pasta and vegetables in warm water.

  • Add the pasta and veg to a casserole dish a long with cooked strips of bacon. Preheat the oven to 200C.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the minced garlic until it begins to soften. Stir in the double cream, basil, parsley and thyme with two handfuls of grated cheese and a handful of parmesan cheese. Finally, add 4 tablespoons of left over pasta water.

  • Whisk the sauce over a low heat for a couple of minutes. Remove the creamy cheese sauce from the heat and pour on top of the pasta, vegetables and bacon.

  • Place the casserole dish in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the casserole is cooked. Make sure the top does not burn.

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