30 best ever pasta bakes
Pasta bakes are the easiest comfort food to make – you can make them in advance and bake when you're ready to feed a crowd. Think twists on family favourites such as kale and ricotta lasagne, stuffed pasta shells and mac 'n' cheese with a hidden layer of rich beef ragu
Looking for a comforting pasta bake recipe? Check out our best ever pasta bake recipes to feed the family. We have plenty of alternatives to chicken pasta bake and tuna pasta bake recipes, including classic mac 'n' cheese and sloppy joe meatball bake and traditional cheesy beef lasagne. Next, try our best lasagne recipes.
Pasta bake recipes
This no-nonsense pasta bake sees creamy feta mixed with tomatoes and olives. It’s a great midweekvegetarian dinner for two.
An absolute classic of a family recipe, made even more wonderful with the addition of dried chilli flakes and rosemary. It’s a real crowd-pleaser and will be on the table in 50 minutes.
For a pasta bake like no other, try this autumnal twist on macaroni cheese. It’s just as cheesy and creamy as the original.
Spirals of salty ham hock, creamy mascarpone and spinach create this showstopping pasta bake.
Our vegan expert Richard Makin shares his secrets to perfecting this plant-based version of a classic and comforting pasta bake, made extra rich and indulgent with white miso.
Slow cook beef shin in Mexican flavours until meltingly tender for the ultimate pasta bake to feed a crowd.
Two family favourites in one! Layer soft flaky salmon, creamy mozzarella and crunchy broccoli between fresh lasagne sheets and a smooth and creamy roux. Check our out best lasagne recipes here.
Spoon zesty crab meat into pasta shells and serve in a creamy pea sauce for a vibrant family dinner.
Jazz up mac 'n' cheese with salty bacon and smoky chorizo for the ultimate midweek family meal ready in an hour.
Impress your vegan friends with this vibrant sharing pasta dish served with a zesty herby salsa.
Ten layers of pasta and ten layers of sauce (topped with béchamel) add up to an epic lasagne the whole family will love. Discover our best lasagne recipes here.
Check out our veggie pasta bake with juicy chopped tomatoes, nutty parmesan and creamy mozzarella. This super simple one-pot recipe is ready in less than an hour, an easy midweek filler for all the family.
Macaroni cheese is the ultimate pasta bake. We've reinvented a classic mac 'n' cheese dish by adding a hidden layer of rich beef ragu to this recipe to make it really special and indulgent. Looking for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe? Check out our favourite mac and cheese recipes here.
Fill giant pasta shells with creamy ricotta and spinach for a simple vegetarian pasta bake on the table in under an hour. Try our vegetarian bake ideas here.
Lasagne is another of our go to pasta bake recipes. Try our vegetarian alternative to this classic family dish. With layers of greens and fresh pesto this kale, ricotta and leek lasagne is low in calories and super easy to whip up, a great midweek meal. Try our other vegetarian pasta recipes here...
Check out this lobster fideo pasta bake from David Gingell of Western's Laundry, one of London's hottest new restaurants. This recipe not only looks impressive, it's packed with flavour too. It may take a little bit of effort but it's definitely worth it. Here's our dinner party menu from Westerns Laundry.
Leek and crab lasagne is lighter and more refreshing than the meat version and it has a great flavour. Either buy cooked crabs and pick out the meat yourself, discarding the grey-coloured gills and stomach, or buy picked meat.
This easy baked mac and cheese recipe is super creamy and indulgent, what's more it's vegetarian. This recipe comes from Marcus Samuelsson of Shoreditch's Red Rooster restaurant.
This indulgent lasagne is a great dinner party entertaining pleaser to assemble then bake just before your guests arrive. Really meaty and full of great texture, your guests will keep coming back for more.
Vincisgrassi, a type of baked pasta, comes from the region of Le Marche in Italy. It's attributed to both General Windischgrätz (who fought Napoleon at Ancona), and to princisgrassi (meaning fat for the prince). In either case it’s very rich – some versions being even richer with the addition of sweetbreads and a pasta dough made with vin santo or marsala.
Our low-calorie lasagne is a delicious dinner recipe for six people. Serve with a green salad for a healthy version of this classic Italian dish.
This must be the best easy vegetarian lasagne! Mix the courgettes, garlic and chilli with ricotta, add a shop-bought tomato sauce and fresh lasagne and dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes. See other exciting lasagne recipes here...
Put the mac ‘n’ cheese out with a serving spoon then put the toppings in little bowls and let everyone add their own. You’ll need to use your biggest baking dish for this or split it between two smaller ones.
A new recipe for lasagne. We love this one, it's full of delicious Italian flavours. Made with sausage and fennel seeds this baked pasta dish is easy, comforting and will feed a crowd. Serve with a green salad on the side.
Comfort food at its best. Mac 'n' cheese is always a winner and this one, with shredded ham and a crispy top is top of our list. Fresh salad is good as a side.
How do you make mac 'n' cheese better? Add bacon of course! This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe for a family meal. Check out our other favourite mac and cheese recipes here...
Meatballs baked in rich tomato sauce with a melting mozzarella topping - this recipe is all about comfort food. It's also perfect for freezing, making it a great option for when you don't want to cook mid-week. Cook a side of pasta for this easy bake. Check out our other meatball recipes...
This winter greens and ricotta cannelloni is a great vegetarian main to store in your freezer. The recipe is easily doubled, so why not make one for tonight and one to freeze?
Our recipe for baked tortellini with spinach and chilli is super-easy to make, ready in under and hour and less than 500 calories - perfect for a midweek meal for two. Use bought tortellini and the hard work is done for you.
Herby sausages, nutritious kale, creamy ricotta and a pinch of chilli make this pasta bake an epic meal. It takes a little longer to cook, but the whole family will agree it was worth it.