Ugly duckling baked caprese pasta
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Serves: 1
This ugly duckling baked caprese pasta bake may not be pretty but it is quick, easy to make and tastes delicious.
  • Olive oil spray
  • 200g of diced tinned tomatoes (half a 400g tin)
  • 2 tsps of tomato paste
  • 2 sheets of no boil lasagna (about 30 g)
  • 60g of fresh mozzarella (or bocconcini), sliced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 24 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbs of parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 220C (425F)
  2. Mix the tinned tomatoes and tomato paste together in a bowl.
  3. Spray a small baking dish with olive oil spray (my dish is nearly the exact size of one of the lasagna sheets - about 18cm by 12 cm)
  4. Smear about 1/3 of the tomato mix over the bottom of the baking dish, covering the whole bottom
  5. Pop a layer of 8 basil leaves over the tomato
  6. Place one sheet of lasagna on top of the basil leaves
  7. Smear another 1/3 of the tomato mix over the lasagna sheet, making sure all of the sheet is covered.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Place a layer of mozzarella (30g - half the mozzarella) over the tomato mix.
  10. Place a layer of half the cherry tomatoes over the mozzarella.
  11. Drizzle 1/2 a tsp of balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes.
  12. Add another layer of 8 basil leaves over the cherry tomatoes.
  13. Add another lasagna sheet.
  14. Smear this lasagna sheet with the final third of the tomato mix, again making sure you cover the whole sheet.
  15. Add a layer of the mozzarella - the remaining half.
  16. Add a layer of the second half of the sliced cherry tomatoes
  17. Drizzle 1/2 a tsp of balsamic vinegar over this layer of cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  18. Sprinkle the shredded parmesan over the cherry tomatoes.
  19. Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  20. Garnish with the final 8 basil leaves.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 370
Recipe by Shrinking Single at