5 ingredients is all you need to make this Easy Baked Rotini Pasta! This Easy Pasta Bake is a kid friendly casserole that can feed a large crowd on a budget.
Weeknights at our house are incredibly busy, and my guess is they are at your house as well.
I often resort to my slow cooker recipes for dinner during the busy week, but sometimes I forget. Or have to rush out the door before I have time to set it and forget it.
Thankfully, I have many easy 30 Minute recipes that I resort to on those nights. One of our favorites is this easy baked pasta.
Easy Baked Rotini Pasta
Pasta has always been a comfort food to me and a favorite of my kids.
Being that pasta bakes are so incredibly simple and economical to make, you better believe this Pasta Casserole makes an appearance at our house quite often.
Rotini noodles, are coated with cottage cheese, homemade tomato sauce, and cheese–simple, yet PERFECT flavors for a pasta bake.
5 Ingredients for Easy Baked Pasta
- Rotini Noodles
- You can use rigatoni or penne noodles if you like instead of rotini noodles, but the rotini noodles grasp the sauce perfectly and stay soft during baking.
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Use your favorite jarred sauce or Homemade Tomato Sauce.
- Cottage Cheese
- Cottage cheese added to pasta makes this pasta casserole not only creamy, it adds tang and saltiness to the bake.
- The egg helps to bind the casserole together, but can easily be omitted for an Egg-Free Pasta Bake (just be sure your noodles are egg-free as well!)
- I love to use an Italian blend of Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Provolone, but you can use any cheese you like.
Step by Step Instructions to Make Baked Rotini
Step One: Cook Rotini Noodles
- Cook pasta in heavily salted water for 1-2 minutes less than package suggests.
- Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.
- While pasta is cooking, this is a great time to prep a salad or side dish to serve with the pasta bake.
Step Two: Prepare Pasta Bake
- Mix cooked rotini noodles with tomato sauce, reserved cooking liquid, egg, cottage cheese, and sauce.
- Pour into 9×13 pan or 2 quart casserole.
- Top with additional cheese if desired.
Step Three: Bake Rotini Dish
- Bake pasta bake, uncovered, until cheese melts and pasta is warmed through, about 30 minutes.
Notes on Simple Baked Pasta Recipe
- If you don’t have cottage cheese, you can use ricotta cheese instead.
- If you have an egg allergy, this pasta dish works without it as well.
- Use any cheese you like–provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan, or cheddar.
- Be sure to use a good quality marinara or spaghetti sauce instead of plain tomato sauce to ensure flavor.
- Feel free to add in ground beef, sausage, or even pepperoni to this baked rotini for a heartier dish.
- Use Gluten-Free Pasta to make this a Gluten-Free Baked Rotini.
- Of course you can use ziti or rigatoni or even macaroni noodles as well in this pasta bake.
- Really get a heads start to dinner and prep this dish ahead of time:
- Assemble pasta bake up to baking.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- Add 20 minutes to baking time if coming from fridge.
- You can also freeze for 2 months.
- Thaw out overnight before baking for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.
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Recipe for Baked Rotini
5 Ingredient Baked Rotini
- 1 16 ounce whole wheat rotini noodles or ziti, rigatoni, etc
- 1/2 cup reserved pasta liquid
- 4 cups homemade or jarred spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 1 egg whisked
- 2 cups shredded cheese mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan or a mixture
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook pasta 1-2 minutes less than package directions in salted boiling water. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
- Mix cooked pasta and reserved sauce together with sauce, cottage cheese, egg, and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
- Pour into a large 9x13 pan or casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
- Alternatively, you can prep this dish earlier up to baking. Add 20 minutes to baking time if coming from fridge.