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12 Easy Pasta Casserole Recipes To Make For Dinner

Plenty of servings, many kudos, not much work.

<p>Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz</p>

Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz

My family loves pasta casseroles and while lasagna and baked ziti are favorites, I don't have time to make either of these on a weeknight.

It's time to bring new pasta casseroles to the table that are lower lift. Pasta casseroles are a whole meal to themselves but if I have the time, I serve them with a simple crunchy salad. Leftovers reheat easily. My teen takes leftover pasta casseroles to school whenever possible.

I use a ceramic casserole dish with handles and deep sides for most pasta casseroles. For recipes that require broiling, I use my Dutch oven. Before starting, check your vessel and make sure it's safe up to 550°F or says that it's broiler-safe.

5-Ingredient Pasta Bake

<p>Simply Recipes / Sara Haas</p>

Simply Recipes / Sara Haas

It's a rare recipe that tastes incredible while using every ounce of every ingredient. You'll use the whole pound of pasta, all of the jarred marinara sauce, and a whole bag of shredded cheese.

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Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Mom's version skipped the crushed chips on top and yet it was still one of my top five favorite meals as a child. I'm correcting this error and will be making this version for my kids (and my 12-year-old self) ASAP.

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Cauliflower Pasta Bake

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

Instead of cooking pasta and serving it with a side of roasted cauliflower, put it all together in one dish. Make sure to have the cheese grated by the time the pasta is done cooking so that you can add it while the pasta is still hot.

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One-Pan Baked Penne alla Vodka

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

I've made one-pot pastas but it hadn't occurred to me to do the same in a casserole dish. The dry pasta and the sauce are mixed in the dish and then baked. This really couldn't get any easier.

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Cheeseburger Casserole

<p>Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz</p>

Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz

Hamburger Helper only wishes it could taste this good. The seasoned ground beef, pasta, and cheese mixture is baked in a casserole dish and topped with more cheese. I call dibs on the edge pieces!

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Baked Spaghetti

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

I make spaghetti often but I save lasagna for a special occasion, mainly because lasagna noodles can be fussy. This recipe solves this problem by using spaghetti noodles and only one layer of cheese.

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Pizza Casserole

<p>Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman</p>

Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman

Pizza casserole combines two of my favorite foods: pepperoni pizza and pasta. You get all the comfort of both in a single dish. Serve with a kale caesar salad.

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Caprese Stuffed Shells

Alison Bickel
Alison Bickel

Get a taste of summer no matter the weather outside. When you're shopping for pesto, look for a container of bright green pesto in the refrigerator section for the brightest, punchiest flavor.

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Ham and Cheese Pasta Bake

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

I've made this more times than I can count. My whole family loves it! I use a whole box of pasta instead of 12 ounces and add the full amount of spices all at once.

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Tuna and Tomato Pasta Casserole

<p>Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer</p>

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

All you need are six ingredients to make this quick and easy casserole—and you probably have them all in your pantry right now. You can substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta if you'd like.

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Civil War Macaroni and Cheese

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This recipe is inspired by a recipe dating back to 1861. The macaroni is boiled in milk, making this a one-pot recipe surprisingly in vogue. Be sure to use whole milk and not substitute it for a low-fat version.

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Cheesy Tortellini Casserole

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

While penne and macaroni are common in pasta casseroles, don't overlook frozen tortellini. This single ingredient adds a lot flavor and texture. The casserole includes Swiss chard but you could use fresh or frozen spinach.

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