Just the term "baked pasta" sounds warm and comforting, doesn't it? Who wouldn't want to dig into a bubbling casserole filled with tender pasta, rich tomato sauce, melty and browned cheese, and crisp-tender vegetables? These recipes are perfect for dinner in the middle of the week or for entertaining. They can easily be made ahead of time and leftovers, believe me, are a treat.
There are just two tricks to these recipes: undercook the pasta just slightly, since it will absorb... liquid from the sauce while it's baking in the oven. And let the casserole stand for five to ten minutes after you pull it out of the oven. That way it will set up and serve beautifully, and the molten sauce and cheese will cool a bit before you take the first luscious bite.
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Combine meatballs with mac and cheese for a hearty and delicious recipe that everyone will love. You can use your favorite cheeses in this easy casserole; I did!
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I came up with this recipe one cold night when I wanted to use pasta sauce, pesto, and Alfredo sauce all in one recipe. It was the most comforting thing I could think of! And it's spectacular.
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Creamy Stuffed Shells
This easy vegetarian main dish recipe is satisfying and hearty. The shells are so fun to stuff; get your kids to help! Make it ahead of time and refrigerate up to two days; then just pop it in the oven and enjoy.
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This recipe is so easy that even my non-cooking husband can make it. It takes about five minutes to put together; then it just bakes in the oven to cheesy and creamy perfection.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Something wonderful happens to spaghetti when you bake it with a sauce. It absorbs the flavors of the sauce, and the acid in the tomatoes keeps the spaghetti at the perfect texture. You can use frozen precooked meatballs in this easy recipe, or make your own.
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I love pesto, and meatballs, and orzo. So put them all together in a casserole with Alfredo sauce, sour cream, and cheese for a fabulous recipe everyone will love.
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Creamy Baked Pasta
Creamy Baked Pasta is simple to make, hearty, and comforting. Make it on a cold rainy night to warm up your family.
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This is my version of the classic Italian dish. Because I like pasta casseroles to be creamy, I add cream cheese and herbed goat cheese. The dish is so good and full of flavor. I use whole wheat penne too, for the extra nutrition. The sturdy pasta stands up well to the hearty sauce.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Buffalo Chicken Penne Bake
This casserole combines the best of two worlds: a creamy pasta bake and the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings. This is a perfect dish for entertaining.
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This gorgeous casserole came about as I was trying to think of a different way to make Italian Wedding Soup with the little meatballs. Chicken meatballs are perfect in this treat. It's so colorful too!