Pasta al Forno

Pasta al Forno

Pasta al Forno, also known as baked pasta, is a delicious Italian dish that combines pasta, sauce, cheese, and sometimes meat or vegetables, baked until golden and bubbly. Here’s a basic recipe for Pasta al Forno:


  • 400g (14 oz) of your favorite pasta (such as penne, rigatoni, or fusilli)
  • 2 cups of your preferred pasta sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: cooked ground meat (like beef or Italian sausage), sautéed vegetables (such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach)


  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until it is al dente (firm to the bite). Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce: In a large skillet, heat your pasta sauce over medium heat. If you’re adding meat or vegetables, this is the time to sauté them until they’re cooked through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Combine pasta and sauce: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the sauce and any additional ingredients (like meat or vegetables). Stir until everything is well mixed and coated with sauce.
  5. Layer in a baking dish: Transfer the pasta mixture into a greased baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Add cheese: Sprinkle the grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese evenly over the top of the pasta.
  7. Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the top is golden brown.
  8. Serve: Once baked, remove the pasta al forno from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve hot and enjoy!

Feel free to customize this recipe according to your preferences by adding different ingredients or spices. Serve the pasta al forno with a side salad and crusty bread for a complete meal. Buon Appetito!

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