This came about because I *hate* draining pasta.
I have no idea why, but everyone in my family knows it.
I've made a few one pan, bake in oven type pasta bakes, but I wanted something quicker and less house heating and less gas guzzling.
Google helped me with a few thoughts, and then I conjured up this:
Fry chopped onion and garlic until soft and add mixed herbs if desired. Add a carton of passata, flavoured if liked, and a carton full of boiling water. I also added half a bottle of Cirio passata but I'm not so sure it was needed to be honest.
Bring to boil and stir in 350-400g dry pasta. Bring back to boil and simmer, covered, for 20 mins. Stir once in a while.
Flavour with Marigold (obvs) and season to taste.
Just before serving, stir in half to a full pot of mascarpone and 2-3tbsp balsamic vinegar. Finally add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
Serve sprinkled with grated cheddar or parmesan if preferred.