When my girls think about comfort food, this is their go-to. My family has been making this baked pasta, also referred to as Mick's Pasta (my grandfather's name), for the past fifty years. It's absurdly simple to make and one of my most crave-able foods. Of course, if you're GF and Dairy-Free, look away now.
Cook pasta for 6-7 minutes (definitely not fully cooked or even al dente). Drain and run cold water over to separate strands and remove starch.
In a big bowl, add cooked pasta, pureed tomatoes, grated cheddar cheese, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces, onion and garlic. Mix until well combined. Taste and if it needs more of Tabasco or Worcestershire or even salt, add whatever your taste desires.
Put into a casserole dish and cover with a lid or tin-foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes, uncover and let cook another 10 minutes until the top is bubbly and even has a few pieces of pasta that are slightly blackened. As a child, this was my favorite bit!