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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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.

Tuna Casserole

Rating: 3.29 stars
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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.

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. 
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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.

Noodle Pudding

Rating: 3.63 stars
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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.

Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella

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

Chicken and Kale Casserole

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

Emeril's Seafood Mac and Cheese

Rating: 3.55 stars
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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.

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
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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.

Vegetable Lasagna

Rating: 3.24 stars
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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.

Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Rating: 3.32 stars
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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.
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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.

No-Bake Summer Lasagna

Rating: 3.48 stars
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These lasagnas are light yet substantial. Best of all, you don't have to turn on the oven.