Baked Pasta Recipes

Our tried-and-true baked pasta recipes are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. They're also super versatile -- make them vegetarian or add chicken or sausage, choose ziti, spaghetti, or any noodle you please, and don't forget the cheese!

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Tuna Casserole

Rating: 3.29 stars 824
Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole. The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups. In our tuna casserole recipe, we cut the sauce with chicken broth, but there's enough milk to make this casserole feel indulgent.

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Baked Shells with Winter Squash

Rating: 3.72 stars 137
This is a grown-up alternative to macaroni and cheese, but even kids might approve.

Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna

Rating: 3.19 stars 354
A simple garlicky tomato sauce and 3 Italian cheeses make this super-quick version of lasagna especially delicious.

Chicken and Kale Casserole

Rating: 3.2 stars 1105
This is a hearty and healthy baked pasta dish for the whole family.

Baked Shells and Broccoli with Ham and Cheesy-Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.

Spinach Lasagna

Rating: 3.69 stars 382
Traditional lasagna goes vegetarian when you substitute the meat for vegetables like spinach and zucchini. Layer this spinach lasagna with 3 types of cheese and bechamel sauce. You won't even miss the meat.

Creamy Baked Tortellini with Spinach

In this easy, cheesy pasta bake, tortellini is briefly cooked and then tossed with fresh spinach and a super-quick homemade turkey ragu. Before finishing in the oven, the pasta is topped with crunchy seasoned panko mixture. 

Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella

Rating: 3.61 stars 217
This new take on spaghetti is baked with fresh mozzarella, canned tomatoes, and aromatic basil for a crispy casserole main dish.

Emeril's Seafood Mac and Cheese

Rating: 3.55 stars 540
This mac and cheese is a fantastic one-dish meal -- it's so rich and creamy and cheesy, all you'll need is a simple green salad to serve alongside, and your menu is set. Lobster works well in this recipe, but if that seems too luxurious, use any combination of seafood you like.

Healthier Meat Lasagna

Rating: 3.59 stars 110
Transform lasagna with meat sauce from a guilty pleasure into a wholesome meal. Small swap-ins can make a mighty difference: Whole-wheat noodles, low-fat cottage cheese, and lean ground sirloin create a light and delicious baked pasta. A topping of melted mozzarella and Parmesan keeps this dish feeling indulgent.

Three-Cheese Macaroni

Rating: 3.68 stars 168
This homemade version of the noodle favorite will make you forget about the boxed orange variety. A sauce made with three kinds of cheeses and a crunchy breadcrumb topping really separate this mac and cheese from its store-bought counterparts.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Cheesiest, Most Satisfying Lasagna and Baked Pasta Recipes
For weeknight dinners or holiday entertaining, our favorite baked pasta recipes are loaded with melted cheese and couldn't be more comforting.
Classic Cheese Lasagna
Rating: 3.47 stars

A simple yet robust marinara and a trio of cheeses meld into an intensely flavorful lasagna. A classic, perfected.