Simple and Delicious Creamy Pasta Bake

September 27, 2020Jessica Ashcroft

This Creamy Pasta Bake is a cinch to throw together on a busy weeknight. With two different kinds of sauce and plenty of cheese, your family will be begging for seconds and thirds.

Pasta bake in a casserole dish.

I first had this pasta bake when we lived with my parents while our current home was being built.

My mom had never made the recipe before and I was blown away by how tasty it was.

Come to find out, it’s about the easiest recipe in the world because it only has 6 ingredients and uses bottled pasta sauce.

The secret behind the amazing taste comes from using both marinara and aflredo sauce.

Who knew we should have been mixing those together all along?!

Ingredients

Creamy pasta bake on a white plate.
1 box pasta (penne or rigatoni)

1 bottle alfredo sauce

1 bottle spaghetti sauce

Italian seasoning

1 cup Mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

How To Make this Creamy Pasta Bake

Baked pasta in a casserole dish.

COOK: Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.

POUR: Pour a little of each of the sauces into the bottom of a casserole dish and then put half of the noodles on top.

SPRINKLE: Sprinkle the noodles with Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese.

LAYER: Add another layer of the same ingredients (sauce, noodles, seasoning, cheese) and finish with both sauces on top. 

BAKE: Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until bubbly. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Pasta bake on a serving spoon.

There aren’t specific box or bottle sizes, because you get to choose which ones you include in the dish. If you have a small family and don’t need to make as much, you can use half the box of pasta. You could also buy smaller sauce bottles.

The opposite goes for a large family; you’ll want to buy large bottles and possibly use 2 boxes of pasta.

If you don’t have penne pasta on hand, or would prefer another shape, just choose your favorite! I always tell my husband that pasta tastes the same no matter the shape 😉

When you add the sauce to the bottom of the pan, do so sparingly. The jars I buy are fairly small, and the sauce goes quickly, so make sure you save enough to cover the noodles.

This recipe is completely customizable. You can choose whatever sauce you prefer, or make your own! You can also change the cheese and add a little more on top at the end like I did.

Perfect Pairings

Creamy penne pasta bake on a white plate.

I love to serve this pasta bake with garlic bread and a vegetable side dish.

If you’re looking for more pasta recipes, be sure to check out:

I hope your family loves this creamy pasta bake as much as mine! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Creamy pasta bake on a white plate.

Creamy Pasta Bake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Creamy Pasta Bake is easy and simple to make. With two kinds of sauce and lots of cheese, your family will be begging for seconds.

Ingredients

  • 1 box pasta (penne or rigatoni)
  • 1 bottle alfredo sauce
  • 1 bottle spaghetti sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

    1. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
    2. Pour a little of each of the sauces into the bottom of a casserole dish and put half of the noodles on top..
    3. Sprinkle the noodles with Italian seasoning and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
    4. Add another layer of the same ingredients (sauce, noodles, seasoning, cheese) and finish with both sauces on top. 
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until bubbly. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 349mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
Try this easy creamy pasta bake recipe with only 6 ingredients!

 

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