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5 from 2 votes

Smokey halloumi pasta bake

This halloumi pasta bake is utterly incredible. It's filling, full of a perfect blend of firm and gooey textures, and it's busting with tomatoey tang, all pepped up with smoked paprika.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta meals
Cuisine: Cypriot
Keyword: halloumi, halloumi pasta bake, paprika pasta, pasta bake, smoked paprika, smokey pasta bake
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 504.39kcal
Author: Emily Leary



  • 300 g dried pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil plus a little to grease
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 250 g halloumi cubed
  • 1 large courgette cubed
  • 160 g mature cheese
  • 800 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan).
  • Put the pasta on to cook in plenty of boiling, salted water. Cook for 5 minutes then drain. It will seem under-cooked but don’t worry, it will finish cooking in the oven.
  • Warm the olive oil over a medium heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and 1 tsp of smoked paprika and fry for 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat up high and add the courgettes and halloumi.
  • Fry for a further 3-5 minutes until starting to colour.
  • Add the tomatoes and a good pinch of pepper. Continue to heat on high until bubbling.
  • Add the pasta, stir through, then turn off the heat.
  • Grease a medium roasting tray and tip the pasta mixture into it. Level off.
  • Top with the grated cheese.
  • Sprinkle the final 1 tsp of smoked paprika all over the top of the bake.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese just starts to bubble.
  • Serve and enjoy!



This pasta dish freezes really well. Pop it in a sealed container as soon as it's cold and it will keep for three months. You might prefer to freeze in individual portions to make it easier to reheat just what you need.


Calories: 504.39kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.76g | Protein: 24.12g | Fat: 24.9g | Saturated Fat: 13.57g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 869.79mg | Potassium: 515.53mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 6.53g | Vitamin A: 816.89IU | Vitamin C: 19.92mg | Calcium: 672.02mg | Iron: 2.43mg