Pasta Bake Recipes

Does any one have some good Pasta Bake Recipes?

I have some guests around for dinner this weekend and would like to cook a pasta bake, garlic bread and a nice salad. Does any one have some good recipes for pasta bake? Something thats a little bit more interesting than the usual tomato paste and pasta, but something not too difficult either.

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

prep time 20 min total time 43 min makes 4 servings

What You Need!

1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It!

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water the last minute.

COOK and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel.

DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole or 8-inch square baking dish.

BAKE 20 min.; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.
Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

I am a great fan of Garlic Bread!! It can be the perfect snack and goes well with just about any Italian meal. It´s so easy to prepare, too!


* 1 large loaf Italian bread
* 2 cloves garlic
* 2 tsp olive oil
* 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
* 2 Tbsp parsley
* 2 tsp thyme
* 3/4 tsp marjoram


1. Mince the garlic, then mix it well with the olive oil.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the cheese, parsley, thyme, and marjoram.
3. Slice open the bread and first brush the inside with the garlic and olive oil mixture.
4. Sprinkle on the herbs and cheese.
5. Lay on on a cookie sheet, with the cheese and herb side facing up.
6. Toast under a low broiler for 5-10 minutes, depending upon your oven.

Note: You may want to score slices with a bread knife before cooking. This makes serving the bread easier.
Italian Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad

This Tomato, cucumber and onion salad is not only easy to make but delicious in taste.

The combination of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and onions will make a great lunchtime salad or a first course before a wonderful dinner.

Salads are not just for the summertime. They should be enjoyed anytime of the year.

For this dish you can use cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, yellow onion, green onions or red onions.

Whatever you choose, the flavor from the dried oregano will only add to the taste.


# 1 large cucumber
# 2 beef steak tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
# 1 yellow onion or long green onions or red onion
# 1 Tbls dried basil
# 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
# 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar


# Wash tomatoes and cucumber
# Cut tomatoes and cucumber into cubes
# Cut onion into slices
# Add oil and vinegar
# Sprinkle with oregano
# Toss and chill

Easy to make. Delicious to eat.

Veggie Pasta Bake – Recipe by Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen Episode 144

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