Go-To Weeknight Baked Pasta

baked pasta

Baked Pasta
Serves 1
This is my number one go-to weeknight meal for when I really don't feel like cooking. I make this in individual baking dishes so that it can be customized to each person's taste. The recipe below is for a single serving, but can be multiplied to accommodate any number of servings.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cups dried high-fiber white penne pasta*
  2. 1 1/4 cups of pasta sauce
  3. 1 pinch oregano
  4. 1 pinch marjoram
  5. 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  6. 2-3 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella, provolone, or parmesan cheese
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. Any combination of the following-
  9. fresh basil, torn
  10. fresh spinach
  11. minced red onion
  12. minced fennel
  13. minced zucchini
  14. cherry tomatoes
  15. chopped artichoke hearts
  16. kalamata olives
  17. sundried tomatos
  18. roasted red peppers
  19. veggie meatballs**
  20. sliced veggie Italian sausage
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and add pasta.
  3. Cook pasta at a rolling boil for approximately half the time recommended on the package (usually ~5 minutes).
  4. While pasta is cooking combine pasta sauce, spices, salt and pepper, and additional ingredients in an individual-sized, oven-safe casserole dish.
  5. Drain pasta and combine with sauce mixture.
  6. Top with cheese and a sprinkle of salt and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and serve.
Notes
  1. *Ronzoni Smart Taste is the brand that I prefer
  2. **Trader Joes and Nate's both have excellent veggie meatballs
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