Winter is Here: Four Pasta Bake Recipes To Keep You Warm
Pasta bakes are great dishes to warm up with on a cold night after work or a lazy Sunday afternoon. And like it or not, winter is upon us. Pasta bakes typically require minimal preparation time and usually require 20-60 minutes baking in the oven, similar to a casserole. We know that brainstorming ideas for dinner can be a chore, so we’ve highlighted four pasta bake recipes that are sure to please your entire family. Enjoy!
Meatball Pasta Bake
This five-ingredient meatball pasta bake is the perfect twist on the traditional spaghetti and meatballs pasta staple. The only preparation requires boiling the rigatoni or penne pasta, simmering the sauce and meatballs, and combining all ingredients to bake for 30 minutes. To go the extra mile, try using fresh mozzarella instead of shredded. Either way, you’ll still have a hearty, gooey pasta dish in under an hour from start to finish.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Penne
There are few combinations quite like chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing. Pizza and sandwiches have been using these flavors for years, so why not bring that to the pasta world? This chicken bacon ranch baked penne from Life in the Lofthouse just screams “comfort food.” Looking for a way to add some vegetables to the dish? Throw in diced tomatoes or frozen spinach before baking for even more flavor and boosting the nutrition value of this savory recipe.
Lemon Chicken Pasta Bake
If you’re sick of the traditional lasagna and chicken alfredo pasta dishes, then adding in citrus flavor to contrast a warm, creamy sauce might be just the ticket. This lemon chicken pasta bake from Cooking and Beer only takes 15 minutes of preparation time before baking in the oven for over an hour, allowing you time to prepare other dishes or better yet, relax! This pasta bake is lighter than a heavy lasagna and would pair perfectly with a Caesar salad.
Chicken Fajita Pasta Bake
We know that it is hard to please the whole family, especially when you have picky eaters. Maybe you’re craving Italian, and your spouse is craving Mexican, how do you meet in the middle? Chicken fajita pasta bake to the rescue! With only seven ingredients, this pasta bake can be whipped up in less than an hour, so you can manage to get dinner on the table at a decent hour, even on busy weeknights.