Sorrentina Pasta Bake


Ingredients

Val Verde Passata or Val Verde Rustica Passata , 1 Packet of dry pasta , 1 Tin Val Verde Cherry Tomatoes , 400g Mozzarella Cheese , 100g Parmigiano Cheese, 4 Garlic cloves , 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil , Fresh Basil , Salt & Pepper

Method

Put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt once the water has started to boil.

For the tomato sauce:
Roast the cherry tomatoes and peeled garlic cloves sprinkled with half the olive oil and some salt in a preheated oven at 180°c until the tomatoes start to lose their skin.
Put the garlic cloves and roasted tomatoes with the oven juices and a few chopped basil leaves in a little olive oil in a frying pan or iron skillet. Cook for a few minutes. Then remove the garlic and add the tomato passata.
Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 15 minutes.

Complete the dish:
Cut the mozzarella into thin slices.
Put the pasta into the boiling salted water and when they start to rise to the surface remove with a slotted spoon and add them to the tomato sauce.
Mix the pasta and tomato sauce together and transfer to an oven safe dish.
Cover the top with a layer of mozzarella slices and then cover the mozzarella with grated Parmigiano cheese.
Bake in preheated oven at 180°c until the top starts to brown. About 15-20 minutes.
Serve immediately decorated with some chopped or whole basil leaves.