This pesto pasta bake is extra creamy and cheesy, made in one baking pan, and doesn’t require kitchen skills! This pesto pasta bake is a super delicious pasta dish that is made in under an hour and tastes like restaurant pasta!
This pesto pasta bake recipe is perfect when:
- You have leftover cooked pasta.
- When you need a quick meal with minimal effort.
- When you are craving a deliciously creamy and cheesy pasta dish.
- When you don’t know how to cook or have kitchen skills but want to impress a special someone.
- When you want to use leftover pesto and don’t know how to use it.
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Pesto pasta bake ingredients:
Cooked pasta- we used penne pasta in this recipe, but you can use any kind of pasta that you’d like.
Heavy cream- we used heavy cream in this recipe to make the pasta extra creamy and cheesy.
Mozarella- we used store-bought grated mozzarella cheese, but you can use fresh mozzarella cheese, or grate it yourself.
Garlic- you will need about 2 garlic cloves for this recipe. we use fresh garlic and grate by hand. We do not recommend using store-bought pre-grated garlic, because it usually has less flavor.
Chili flakes- for extra flavor, you can also use cayenne pepper. Add it to your taste.
Pesto- we used store-bought pesto, but you can definitely use homemade pesto.
Parmesan- you will need grated parmesan cheese.
Baby spinach- we used baby spinach for this recipe, but regular spinach will work great as well.
Salt- we like to use kosher salt for this recipe.
Black pepper- for flavor.
How to make pesto pasta bake:
Preheat an oven to 200c (400f). And cook the pasta according to the package instructions. We suggest cooking the pasta to al dente because the pasta cooks more when bakes.
In a 13×9 inch baking pan, add the cooked pasta, basil pesto, minced garlic, parmesan, chili flakes, salt and pepper, heavy cream, and the baby spinach, and carefully mix with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are well combined.
Sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese on top, we like to use it a lot, but you are free to use it as much as you like.
Bake the pasta in a 200c (400f) preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is slightly golden brown on top.
Serve by itself or next to your favorite protein or salad and enjoy!
Pesto pasta bake frequently asked questions:
What pasta kind should I use for this recipe?
We made this pasta dish with penne pasta, but any kind of pasta is supposed to work great for this recipe. Try to use short pasta for the best results.
How to serve pesto pasta bake?
Serve this pasta dish at a picnic, barbecue, or party. This recipe fits any type of occasion. Serve this pasta dish next to your favorite protein, next to a grilled chicken, tofu, etc.
serve it by itself! This baked goat cheese pasta is filled with fresh vegetables, carbs from the pasta, and healthy fats from olive oil. This recipe makes a perfect brunch, lunch, or dinner!
Can I use whole grain pasta for this recipe?
Yes! You can use any kind of your favorite pasta kinds and pasta shapes, like chickpea pasta, brown rice pasta, spinach pasta, quinoa pasta, etc.
Can I make this pasta dish vegan?
Yes. It is very easy to make this recipe vegan, simply replace the cheese and cream with vegan cheese and cream.
Can I add chicken to this pasta bake?
Absolutely! If you want extra protein in your pasta bake, you can add cooked chicken, grilled chicken, shredded chicken, and simply mix it with the rest of the ingredients and bake according to the instructions.
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