Our Cheesiest, Most Satisfying Lasagna and Baked Pasta Recipes
From weeknight dinners to holiday entertaining, our favorite recipes are loaded with melted cheese and couldn't be more comforting.
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. From meat fillings to vegetable versions that will leave you satisfied, we're sharing our most comforting, delicious, and family-friendly lasagna and baked pasta recipes to enjoy any night of the week.
Start with a staple, such as Lasagna with Meat Sauce. When you're looking for the classic, meaty lasagna, this is the recipe to make. It's easier than you expect because we use no-boil lasagna noodles, so all you need to do is layer them with marinara sauce, our three-cheese blend, and meat filling and bake the entire casserole in the oven. Each layer becomes piping hot and the noodles turn al dente by the time it finishes cooking. We also have several vegetarian lasagna and baked pasta recipes. Our Mushroom-Eggplant Lasagna makes use of easy to find produce that add plenty of might to the dish. Or try our super easy Very Vegetable Lasagna, which calls for frozen chopped spinach, zucchini, and no-boil lasagna noodles. It only requires 30 minutes of prep work, too.
When you're craving a no-fuss, humble meal, try our take on a classic—Tuna-Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower or its more innovative comrade, Salmon Noodle Casserole. Both are simple, easy to prepare, and will surely satisfy your family.
Baked Mac and Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Looking for a go-to lasagna recipe? This one is a total classic. The meaty filling is made with a combination of lean ground beef and sweet Italian sausage, and a trio of cheese make for super creamy layers throughout.
Sausage-and-Kale Stuffed Shells
We're declaring this the ultimate winter comfort food recipe. The filling, which is tucked into large pasta shells, is made from browned sausage, sautéed kale, and three cheeses—ricotta cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and mozzarella.
Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Swiss Chard
A baked pasta recipe is nothing without a super creamy sauce. This one is made with sour cream and Gruyère cheese, which hugs twirly campanelle pasta and hearty vegetables.
Salmon Noodle Casserole
Baked Rigatoni with Sausage
Tuna-Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower
We love using a wide noodle such as pappardelle for this baked pasta dish that's just as good as Mom's. The healthy addition of cauliflower brings texture to the creamy meal.
This recipe is courtesy of food and entertaining director Sarah Carey's mom. Sarah explains why she likes it so much: "It can be made for lots of people, and with lots of people helping to mix the filling and stuff the shells. It's what my mom makes for parties and potlucks. I've altered her recipe slightly, but I think it's still just as delicious."
Very Vegetable Lasagna
Baked Rigatoni with Mini Meatballs
The trick to instant meatballs? Italian sausage! All you have to do is remove the casings and roll.
Basil and Ricotta Cannelloni
We love this cannelloni's beautiful zucchini blossom topping, but it's the filling that really wins us over. It teams fresh ricotta with spring onion, basil, egg yolks, lemon zest, and Pecorino Romano.
Squash Lasagna with Spinach
You can make the components of this recipe, including the roasted squash, bechamel, and filling up to two days in advance.
Matzo Spinach Lasagna
No leavening allowed? No problem! Matzo stands in for the noodles in this Passover-friendly lasagna and gets jazzed up with a flavorful spinach and ricotta filling.
Pepperoni Pasta Bake
Baked Shells and Broccoli with Ham and Cheesy-Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
Chicken-and-Broccolini Mac and Cheese
The secret behind the velvety white sauce in this mac and cheese recipe is cream cheese. Shredded chicken gives the dish heft, and tender Broccolini cuts the richness.
Baked Tortellini with Bacon
Store-bought tortellini means you can get this dish on the table in just 35 minutes. A simple white sauce, crispy bacon, and a generous amount of Parmesan cheese make it a surefire crowd-pleaser.
Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna
Ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino form the trifecta of cheeses in this speedy skillet supper.
Spinach Manicotti in Creamy Tomato Sauce
A manicotti recipe that only requires 30 minutes of prep? Store-bought shells and marinara sauce, plus frozen spinach, make it possible.
Sausage, Mozzarella, and Broccoli Rabe with Shells
Spicy Italian sausage, tender broccoli rabe, and gooey mozzarella are an unbeatable combination in this baked pasta dish.
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
It doesn't get more decadent than this bacon-studded, three-cheese mac! We love the combination of Parmesan, gouda, and Gruyere.
Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Sun-dried tomatoes add a much-needed pop of color, not to mention lots of bright flavor, to this creamy, cheesy casserole.
Chicken and Kale Casserole
Using the meat from a rotisserie chicken is the key to getting this healthy baked pasta dish on the table in a flash.