baked-pasta
Baked Pasta is such a simple recipe that might become part of your menu over time. I think I started making it 2-3 years ago and still, it’s one of the most repeated recipes in our weekly menu. We have a picky toddler and he will not even touch some of the recipes. However, when I make this one, he has no problem eating it.

Pasta is completely carb and we limit pasta intake at home, especially in the evenings. However, this is the only recipe we make in the evening. Rest of my dinners are less carb dinners. You can make this recipe with lentil pasta as well. I tried to make it using lentil pasta a few times and I loved them. The only issue is, lentil pasta is too expensive. It’s not worth paying so much for one meal. However, it’s better than eating out. So, if you don’t want to eat carb dinners, lentil pasta might be a better option.

Note:

  • You can use any kind of pasta to make this recipe. I use whatever I have at home. I typically buy a full bag of pasta from Costco for less than $10 that comes for a really long time. I buy the package that has a variety of pasta and not just one variety.
  • Also, there is no set ingredients for this recipe except pasta and cheese. I sometimes bake it without pasta sauce or without basil
  • You can also use any kind of vegetables/meat that you like. I mostly use broccoli, peas, and bell pepper. Just make sure you cut Broccoli into small pieces such that it’s easy for kids to eat.
  • You can choose to not to add cheese to the mix and choose to put it only at the top of the mix when you’re ready to bake. That way you can limit the amount of cheese you use, yet enjoy the cheese that’s at the top of the pasta mix

Ingredients:

  • Any variety of pasta – 2 cups
  • Basil leaves or basil seasoning – 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, and/or monterey jack cheese – 1 cup
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, peas, bell pepper etc
  • Pasta Sauce -1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black pepper – 1 tablespoon

Directions:

  1. Set the oven temperature at 400 degrees
  2. Boil the water with salt
  3. Add pasta and let it sit for 5 minutes
  4. Test the pasta by tasting it
  5. Drain
  6. Combine the Pasta with the rest of the ingredients
  7. Put it in the oven and bake it for 20 minutes until the cheese is melter

Baked Pasta From The Freezer:

If you typically have busy evenings, cook the pasta during the weekend and keep it in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook, keep the frozen pasta outside and let it thaw for 4 hours. Once it’s thawed, follow the rest of the process. This cut the overall cooking time to 25 minutes.

This recipe freezes really well. So, if you have leftover pasta, freeze it in a freezer friendly bag for later use. Once you’re ready to use, take the bag out, defrost it in a microwave, and enjoy. Here are the dos and don’ts of freezer cooking.

Check here for more recipes from my kitchen. I’m not a cooking wizard. The recipes I share here are simple and tested/tried by my family. I don’t share my “not so good” recipes here.

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