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
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.

Salmon Noodle Casserole

When it comes to radiating warmth at the dinner table, nothing beats a one-pot casserole. What's more, this dish can be assembled a day ahead, goes straight from the oven to the table, and offers help-yourself allure in abundance.

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. 

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.

Basil and Ricotta Cannelloni

In Rome, fresh ricotta made from sheep's milk is more widely available than that made from cow's milk, but either will work in this recipe. An abundance of zucchini blossoms (fiori di zucche) made it easy for Kovel to use them as a topping, but if you can't find them, it's not a problem; they are an optional flourish here.

Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Rating: 3.32 stars
A family favorite, this recipe makes one baking dish for now and one to freeze for a ready-made dinner when you're pressed for time.

Very Vegetable Lasagna

Rating: 3.81 stars
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.

Emeril's Seafood Mac and Cheese

Rating: 3.55 stars
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.

Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna

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

Spinach Lasagna

Rating: 3.69 stars
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 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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Cheesiest, Most Satisfying Lasagna and Baked Pasta Recipes

Lasagna and its baked pasta kin are ideal for everything from weeknight dinners to holiday entertaining. Not only do they feed a crowd, but the leftovers also reheat beautifully. Our favorite recipes are chock-full of melted cheese and couldn't be more comforting.

Healthier Meat Lasagna

Rating: 3.59 stars

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.