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Easy Baked Pasta

There is nothing like the comforting, cheesy goodness of a baked pasta dish. This Easy Baked Pasta recipe comes together with little effort and is ready to eat in under an hour. Protein packed thanks to cottage cheese and lots of spinach--this will be a family favorite dinner!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. rotini pasta
  • 10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 c cottage cheese
  • 1 ½ c shredded mozzarella
  • ½ c grated parmesan
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼-½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp cracked pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Fresh parsley or basil optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cook pasta according to package.
  • Drain and transfer to medium bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine, egg, cottage cheese, parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella and spices. Stir Well. Add in spinach and stir to combine.
  • Add pasta into cheese and spinach mixture and stir well to combine.
  • In a 9X13 baking pan, spread a thing layer of marinara sauce.
  • Pour pasta over marinara and spread evenly.
  • Pour remaining marinara over the pasta and spread evenly. (If you are not baking right away, cover the pan and refrigerate at this point)
  • If baking, place into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until slightly bubbling.
  • Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over top to cover and bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
  • Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley or basil over to garnish for serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator of freeze.

Notes

  • I used to always add mushrooms to this recipe as well however, to make this even easier, I cut them out because when I said easy, I meant easy. No cutting or chopping in this recipe unless you want to toss in some more mushrooms.
  • Make this and get it all set up the day before you need to bake. I think it is even better after sitting for a day and allowing the flavors to soak in.
  • We always serve this with some extra sauce--we are sauce people 100%.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4841IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 3mg