ITALIAN BAKE

Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 1 hr 5 mins | Total time: 1 hr 20 mins | Servings: 10

This Italian Bake recipe is super simple and quick to make. It is made with layers of marinara sauce, pasta, and three kinds of cheese. This dish has been one of my family’s favorites. It is super good and comforting. A five-ingredient dish that is loaded with amazing layers of flavors! If you love pasta and easy recipes, this Italian Bake is another great dinner option. Feel free to add sauteed mushrooms or browned ground beef for another layer of goodness!

Ingredients

4 c. marinara sauce, homemade or purchased

1 package of uncooked pasta, like penne, ziti, rotini, or rigatoni

½ c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 container ricotta cheese

How to make Italian Bake

Step 1: Following the package directions, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain when done.

Step 2: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees F. Using cooking spray, lightly grease a glass baking dish.

Step 3: Into the prepared baking dish, place 2 cups of marinara sauce. Add the pasta and toss well. On top, sprinkle 1/4 c. of the Parmesan cheese and add the ricotta cheese in dollops followed by 1 c of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with mozzarella cheese. Lightly tent the dish with foil, making sure the foil is not touching the cheese.

Step 4: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the center is completely heated and bubbly.

Step 5: Remove from the oven when done and let the Italian Bake, cool for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6: Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

To prevent the pasta from getting too soft when baking, cook the pasta a couple of minutes less than what is directed on the package.

Another great combo is sauteed mushrooms or browned ground beef.

Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 410 Kcal, Total Fat: 12g, Protein: 21g, Total Carbohydrate: 54g, Sugars C: 9g