It’s cheesy, saucy, carb-filled goodness. It’s the Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake! And almost everyone who has eaten at our house for dinner will recognize this guy! This super comfort food, family-style dish is a go-to when we have people for dinner because it’s quick, filling, feeds A LOT, and appeals to everyone.
I mean cheesy carbs with red sauce and garlic? What’s not to like??
You can switch up the veggies in this recipe or the cheese you use- it’s always delicious regardless of the variation, so don’t be scared to adjust this Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake to your own taste!
Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake Frequently Asked Questions
You can really use any pasta for this dish, but I recommend penne, rigatoni, fusilli, farfalle, rotini, macaroni, or conchiglie. I used penne in the pictures here and it’s my go-to because I love how the creamy sauce coats the cylinders inside and out. It really lends to the overall flavor!
Any red sauce will do! I typically use my own homemade sauce or just a plain marinara. It gives you a better base to punch up the flavor on your own with the onion, garlic, black and crushed red pepper, and of course, cheese! Use your favorite!
Of course! I am in love with mushrooms and use them in a lot of my recipes, but this is one where you can certainly substitute meat or any other vegetable.
Just make sure you fully cook the meat or reduce the vegetables first, so your bake isn’t all watery. Some vegetables I often add include spinach, peppers, and broccoli. I just cook them down with my onions in step 1.
Absolutely! I often do with this recipe. It’s hard to tell the difference once it’s baked in with the other flavors. And with something this rich, it’s nice to cut calories where you can. And on that note, I’ve used reduced fat shredded Italian Blend and Shredded Mozzarella, and it’s delicious as well!
Unless you’re having 8 for dinner, you WILL have leftovers that you’ll definitely want to keep. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
If it’s in the fridge, it’s as simple as covering it with saran wrap in a microwave-safe dish and heating it up in the microwave. Depending on the serving size and power of your microwave, you will heat for 1-3 minutes.
From the freezer, either thaw out overnight in the refrigerator or microwave for an extra 1-2 minutes. If you have the patience, the best way to reheat it is by baking it in an oven pre-heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or 20-25 if frozen.
Why You Should Make This Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake
- It’s in the name. What gets better than easy and cheesy?
- You can feed an army with it. Perfect for big family gatherings or dinner parties.
- You can eat it for days. It reheats quickly and tastes just as good as leftovers.
- It’s versatile. Mix up the veggies to put your own little twist on it.