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: 3.5 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.

Creamy Baked Ziti

Cream cheese is the secret to the silky sauce in this vegetarian baked pasta dish, while mozzarella and Parmesan create a golden bubbling crust on top.

Mrs. Kostyra's Mac and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 48
Martha was fond of her grandmother's unusual mac n' cheese, which included tomato soup and sour cream. In this version, Martha and her mom give it a more traditional spin.

Noodle Pudding

Rating: 3.5 stars 38
This baked pudding is also called kugel. It's made with noodles and often eaten during Jewish holidays. Serve it as a side dish with meat and vegetables.

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 Broccoli-and-Artichoke Shells

When it comes to pairing up with artichokes, why should spinach get to have all of the fun? In this weeknight-friendly pasta bake, broccoli is the green machine responsible for adding that extra boost of vitamin C and fiber. But truth be told, it's the creamy cheddar cheese sauce and smoky bacon folded in before baking that makes this dish an all-around crowd-pleaser. 

Very Vegetable Lasagna

Rating: 4 stars 89
Amp up the veggie quota in your vegetarian lasagna with this clever but easy recipe where strips of zucchini stand in for some of the lasagna noodles.

Zucchini-Ribbon "Lasagna"

Strips of zucchini stand in for lasagna noodles and ground turkey is swapped in place of ground beef, adding texture and flavor in this healthy, vegetable-filled take on the Italian classic.

Spinach Lasagna

Rating: 3.5 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.

Baked Shells with Winter Squash

Rating: 3.5 stars 137
This is a grown-up alternative to macaroni and cheese, but even kids might approve.

Speedy Baked Ziti

This quick baked ziti is a weeknight winner dinner. Everything bakes in the same skillet that is used to make the quick sausage ragu, which translates to much less time and effort (and one fewer dish to clean).

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.
Vegetable Lasagna
Rating: 3 stars 230

Spinach is the star of this vegetable lasagna recipe. The veggie-based recipe makes one large lasagna (9 by 13 inches) or two smaller ones (8 by 8). For the perfect make-ahead meal, prepare two vegetable lasagnas; bake one now, and freeze the other for later.