Serves 4  Ready in about 50 minutes


3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

4 garlic cloves, crushed

Large splash of balsamic vinegar

350g short dried pasta shapes (we used cavatappi)

25g bunch basil, leaves chopped

200g mozzarella, torn into small pieces

1 tsp dried oregano

Green salad, to serve


1 Preheat your oven to 220°C/ fan 200°C/gas 8. Put the tomatoes, garlic and balsamic into a large saucepan, season with salt and bring to a simmer. Bubble for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until thickened and slightly reduced in volume.

2 Meanwhile, cook the pasta for 2-3 minutes less than stated on the pack instructions. Drain, then steam-dry for a minute. Stir the pasta through the tomato sauce with the basil and half the mozzarella.

3 Transfer to a large baking dish. Scatter the remaining mozzarella evenly over the top, followed by the oregano, and bake for 15 minutes until the top is golden and the sauce is bubbling. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then divide between 4 plates and serve with the salad.

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