Italian Baked Pasta

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

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)

Steps

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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.

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Tips

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.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
19%
Saturated Fat
6g
31%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
11%
Sodium
820mg
34%
Potassium
500mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
54g
18%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
9g
Protein
21g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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