This recipe is where the viral feta pasta from TikTok and that famous “wheel of brie spaghetti” dish meet. Similar to the feta pasta hack, where you bake a whole slab of feta in your baking dish, here we use a whole wheel of triple cream brie which melts and becomes an oozy sauce that you stir through the pasta. Crispy bacon, garlic, wine and parmesan give it extra flavour. We can’t stop making it!
300g dried trivelle (spiral) pasta
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 rindless bacon rashers, chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
400g butternut pumpkin, peeled, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra small sprigs, to serve
160ml (2/3 cup) dry white wine
180ml (3/4 cup) cooking cream
2 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
150g packet triple cream brie
70g (1/2 cup) grated parmesan
6 Method Steps
Step 1Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced.
Step 2Cook the pasta
(300g dried trivelle (spiral) pasta) in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 1 minute less than the packet directs. Reserve 180ml (3/4 cupful) cooking liquid. Drain.
Step 3Meanwhile, heat oil
(1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil) in a large ovenproof frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon
(3 rindless bacon rashers, chopped) and onion
(1 brown onion, finely chopped) and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Add pumpkin
(400g butternut pumpkin, peeled, coarsely chopped), garlic
(2 garlic cloves, finely chopped) and thyme
(2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra small sprigs, to serve) and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic. Add wine
(160ml (2/3 cup) dry white wine) and cook for 2-3 minutes or until reduced by half.
Step 4Add cooking cream
(180ml (3/4 cup) cooking cream), reserved cooking liquid and stock cubes
(2 chicken stock cubes, crumbled). Season. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until pumpkin is just tender. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked pasta.
Step 5Use a small sharp knife to remove rind from 1 side of the brie
(150g packet triple cream brie). Use a large spoon to make an indent in the centre of pasta mixture. Place brie in the indent. Cover loosely with foil. Bake for 15 minutes or until brie has melted. Stir brie into pasta (remove and discard rind). Stir in parmesan
(70g (1/2 cup) grated parmesan).
Step 6Sprinkle with extra thyme and serve immediately.
Can I substitute the pasta for another variety?
Yes, any pasta shapes will work for this recipe, as long as they have the same cook time as the spirals. We recommend penne, fusilli or farfalle in particular. Strand pastas such as spaghetti and linguine aren’t recommended as we haven’t tested the recipe with them.
Brie v camembert: what’s the difference?
We love brie for pasta sauces like this because it has a smoother, creamier flavour and texture. Camembert is stronger and richer, so it’s perfect for canapes.
Make this pasta bake vegetarian
You can easily substitute the bacon for finely chopped sundried tomatoes. You’ll also need to omit the parmesan (as it’s not a vegetarian cheese).
More easy pasta bake recipes
- Our famous cheesy taco pasta bake
- Easy Greek pasta bake
- Chicken Kyiv pasta bake
Remember feta pasta? Here’s our version.