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Baked pasta | Dinner ideas

Baked pasta that you can easily whip up for your family dinner, my go to recipe I make every week. Quick video, stepwise photos.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cuisine: Global
Servings: 2


  • 1.25 cup Penne pasta
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp butter/ Olive oil
  • 2 cups Spinach I used baby spinach
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder or 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • ½ tsp Smoked paprika or Cayenne pepper/ chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp Italian herb like dried oregano
  • ¼ cup Cream cheese
  • ¾ cup Pasta sauce I used one with basil
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella cheese plus more if needed


  • Bring 6 cups water to boil and cook pasta as per directions given in the package.
  • Once al dente, keep aside. Reserve ¼ cup pasta cooked water in case you need later.
  • Clean and chop spinach roughly.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat butter or olive oil.
  • Tip in the chopped spinach. Sprinkle sugar and saute 2 mins in medium heat.
  • Pour pasta sauce, 2 tbsp of reserved pasta cooked water, paprika, cream cheese, garlic powder, cooked pasta and little salt if needed.
  • Mix well and cook for a minute. Switch off the flame.
  • Preheat oven at 200 deg C for (10-12 mins)
  • Transfer the cooked pasta to a baking dish, I usually use one oval and one small round dish.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top to cover the pasta.
  • Bake for 12-14 mins or until the cheese turns golden.
  • Sprinkle some Italian herb, chilli flakes to serve.



  • Adjust baking temperature plus or minus 10 deg as needed.
  • Cover with aluminium foil half way if it starts to brown fast.
  • Middle rack is perfect with both heating elements on.