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Farfalle Bolognese Pasta Bake Casserole

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Mom’s Farfalle Bolognese Pasta Bake recipe is a richly flavored, satisfying dish that’s perfect for a cozy dinner. After all, nothing says comfort food quite like a warm, hearty pasta casserole. This long time family favorite (over 50 years!) combines farfalle pasta with a meaty bolognese sauce, tender spinach, sour cream – and, of course, cheese. Not only is it super delicious, this pasta casserole is easy to prepare ahead of time, and can be frozen.

  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings 1x



Bolognese Sauce

  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian pork sausage
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon savory

Pasta Casserole

  • 8 to 10 ounces dried farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 2 packages (10 ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


Bolognese Sauce

  1. Crumble sausage and ground beef in a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink, stirring and breaking up meat into small pieces.
  2. Add onion and garlic and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until onion is soft.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine, water, and seasonings (rosemary through savory). Bring to a boil; immediately reduce to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

PAsta Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, reducing cook time by 2 minutes (it will still be somewhat firm). Drain.
  3. Mix cooked pasta with Bolognese sauce.
  4. Spread half of pasta-Bolognese mixture over the bottom of a 2 1/2 to 3-quart casserole dish.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together spinach and sour cream. Dot half on top of pasta-Bolognese mixture; using spoon, spread spinach mixture to make an even layer.
  6. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
  7. Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining cheese.
  8. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 50 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned on top.


Make ahead: Can be prepared but not baked up to 24 hours in advance, covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking. Can also be well-wrapped and frozen, either baked or unbaked. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Author: From "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: pasta, beef, make ahead, easy entertaining
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian