7 Baked Pasta Recipes That Are Cheesy, Saucy, and Satisfying

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Pasta and casseroles are two comfort food staples. But with their powers combined, you can take those warm, cozy vibes to the next level. Yes, we are talking about baked pasta today.

Often topped with sauce, vegetables and cheese, these hearty dishes are ideal for feeding a crowd or hanging on to leftovers to keep in the fridge or freezer for future dinner parties. They’re easy to customize with your choice of add-ins and can be especially useful for whipping up a meal from ingredients that are languishing in the pantry or fridge and need to be used ASAP.

These recipes from our archives are sure to bring smiles – and multiple returns to the baking dish.

Baked pasta with roasted cauliflower and white beans, above. We had great pizza vibes with this recipe, which had just enough cheddar and Parmesan to make it satisfying but not overdone. Cauliflower and beans add extra nutrition.

Pasta with three cheeses and vegetable gratin. Ellie Krieger offers a lighter, better-for-you version of the popular baked ziti. This one includes whole-grain pasta, broccoli, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Mac and cheese from Patti LaBelle. Mac and cheese is perhaps the most iconic baked dough of them all, and this one from the singer — and cookbook author! – Patti LaBelle will give you that satisfying cheese, thanks to the inclusion of Parmesan, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Muenster and Velveeta. Other options: Classic Macaroni and Cheese, Soul Food Mac and Cheeseand Green cheese macaroni.

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Smoked paprika pasta gratin. One of the brilliant things about this recipe is that you don’t have to boil the pasta separately. It is baked, lasagna style, with enough liquid to soften in the oven. Bold flavors abound with smoked paprika, sherry vinegar, olives, fennel and manchego cheese.

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Chili Pasta Casserole. Here is a family and economical dish that mixes chili and macaroni and cheese. It’s one of many recipes compiled by Brian Baumgartner, the actor who played chili expert Kevin Malone on NBC’s “The Office,” for his “Seriously Good Chili Cookbook.”

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Baked Pasta with Chicken and Pepper Jack. Beyond its mix of rich and spicy flavors, this recipe has a few other goodies. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken, and you can assemble it in the morning to make it fresh for dinner.

Baked pasta with vegetables and cheese. If you want to make frozen meals for yourself or a loved one, consider this simplified option that uses fresh vegetables with potted pasta sauce.

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