10 Hearty Baked Pastas and Casseroles | Kitchn

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Turn your favorite pasta dinner into a casserole and not only does it stretch to easily feed a crowd and bless you with amazing leftovers, but it’s also a dinner that is downright hearty and unapologetically comforting.

Mixed with flavorful sauces, gooey pockets of cheese, and extra substance from meat, veggies, or both, these 10 pasta bakes are begging for a place in your next meal plan.

1. Pepperoni Pizza Baked Pasta

This pasta bake is basically the best parts of classic pepperoni pizza and baked ziti, cobbled together in the same 9×13 pan. And it is even more amazing than it sounds because it comes together with just five ingredients.

2. How To Make an All-Star Baked Ziti

Living up to its name, this baked ziti is everything a pasta casserole should be: cheesy, saucy, comforting, and filling.

3. Smoky Mozzarella Pasta and Meatball Bake

To keep things simple, this ziti-meets-spagheeti-and-meatballs recipe starts with a bag of store-bought frozen meatballs. It’s easy enough to pull off on a weeknight.

4. Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake

The beauty of this weeknight casserole is that it starts with dried noodles. If you’re short on time or don’t have fresh herbs, you can use store-bought pesto and panko breadcrumbs for the same yummy result.

5. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

If you have a real thing for Buffalo sauce and chicken wings, this rich and tangy spin on baked ziti will be right up your alley.

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6. Cheesy Ravioli Pasta Bake

This is ingenious. For a pasta bake that’s as comforting as it gets, swap the standard pasta with a few bags of frozen raviolis. You won’t regret it.

7. One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Why decide when you can have both? This stovetop pasta casserole brings together all the best parts of taco night and pasta night.

8. The Ultimate Baked Caprese Mac and Cheese

This pasta bake is equal parts hearty and comforting (hello, three kinds of cheese and buttery panko topping!) and super summery, thanks to a generous addition of ripe tomatoes and fresh basil.

9. Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this French-inspired casserole! It’s a lightened version of the classic packed with a hearty texture and tons of fresh and briny flavors.

10. Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

The real beauty of lasagna (aside from those saucy, cheesy layers) is its reliable ability to feed a huge crowd. Bonus: The leftovers keep getting better day after day.

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