Italian Baked Pasta

 9 Ratings
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 10

Our five-ingredient Italian baked pasta is super easy to make and includes layers of your choice of pasta, three cheeses and marinara sauce.

Arlene Cummings Recipe by Arlene Cummings
February 2, 2012


package (16 oz) uncooked pasta (such as penne, ziti, rotini or rigatoni)
cups marinara sauce (homemade or purchased)
cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

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  • 1 Cook pasta in generously salted water 3 minutes less than recommended on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 3 Pour 2 cups of the marinara sauce into dish. Add half of cooked pasta; toss well. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Spoon half of the ricotta cheese in dollops over top. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers ending with mozzarella cheese. Cover lightly with foil, making sure foil is not resting on cheese.
  • 4 Bake 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until center is bubbly and thoroughly heated. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

Cooking the pasta a few minutes less than recommended on the packaging helps to keep it from getting too soft when it bakes in the oven.

Sautéed mushrooms or browned ground beef go well in this dish, too.

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