Italian Baked Pasta

Italian Baked Pasta

Blogger Arlene Cummings of Cooking With Sugar shares a recipe for Italian Baked Pasta that has been passed down from generation to generation in her family. It’s simple Italian comfort food that is so easy to make. Learn to make this recipe with our how-to article.

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

1:20

Hr:Mins

Makes

10

servings

1
package (16 oz) uncooked pasta (such as penne, ziti, rotini or rigatoni)
4
cups marinara sauce (homemade or purchased)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
  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.
Makes 10 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
        Exchanges: Free*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.