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easy Italian baked pasta recipe

This is a wonderful baked pasta recipe which is so easy to make. You can add precooked meat to it as well to add even more flavor!

The general idea here is cook the pasta half way, mix it with all the other ingredients then bake at 365 for 30 minutes or till done.

Sound pretty simple?  Well, that’s because it is.  Just watch my video below.  If you’ve never made it before, you need to give it a try!

I used to think this dish would be hard to make, but I have to admit it is probably one of the quickest and easiest dishes I’ve made! It is great for taking a dish to a party or friends house.

Watch my video to see how easy it really is!

Baked Pasta Recipe

Baked pasta is not hard to make!  Watch my video to see how easy it is.  One of my favorite Italian dinners of all time! Great for holidays and parties too!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian Baked Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Rigatoni pasta or other short tube pasta Paste alimentari
  • 32 oz. tomato/pasta sauce salsa di pomodoro
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese formaggio di ricotta
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic aglio
  • 2 Cups grated Romano cheese romano formaggio
  • pinch salt sale

Instructions

  1. Add a pinch of salt to the water and bring to a boil
  2. Add the pasta (I've used either rigatoni or mezzi rigatoni. Mezzi rigatoni means 1/2 size. )
  3. Cook for just over 1/2 the normal time (About 7 minutes - depends on pasta type). You do not want the pasta to reach al dente because it will continue cooking in the oven.
  4. Drain the pasta
  5. Put one scoop of pasta sauce on the bottom of the pan
  6. Add a layer of pasta (there will only be two layers)
  7. Put a layer of sauce to sufficiently cover the pasta. The pasta will absorb the sauce.
  8. Put a layer of ricotta. I used about 3/4 of the cheese.
  9. Mix all together.
  10. Add rest of pasta, then sauce, then remainder of the ricotta plus the romano cheese. Make sure all edges are covered with sauce otherwise they will be dry on the edges.
  11. Mix all togehter again, sprinkling the garlic around.
  12. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 365F for 25-35 minutes. You can tell when it is done when the sauce in the pan is bubbling up from the bottom and the taste test says so!

Recipe Notes

TIP #1:  Add meat if you want, but make sure it is already cooked.

TIP #2: Do not tell anyone how easy this is to make.

TIP #3: Freeze what you do not eat and reheat in the oven or microwave for later. Suggestions for Side Dishes:  Italian Green Salad, Lima Beans and Italian Bread!

How to Make Italian Baked Pasta Recipe