Pasta Bake in a clear casserole dish

Pasta Bake

The perfect simple dinner recipe! This Pasta Bake is a favorite with my family and it's so simple to make. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Cheesy Pasta Bake, Pasta Bake, Pasta Bake with Ground Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 329 kcal
Author Jennie Duncan


  • 16 oz pasta
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 32 oz marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon basil (dried)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Cook pasta accoring to package directions. Drain and then retuen to pot over low heat. Add cream cheese to the pasta and allow to cook slowly mixing constantly until cream cheese is melted and coated on noodles. Remove from heat.

  3. Cook and crumble ground beef then drain fat. Add in marinara sauce and mix well.

  4. Add marinara sauce and beef to the cooked pasta along with 1 cup of shredded mozzeralla cheese.

  5. Mix together well then place in your prepared casserole dish. Top pasta with reamaing 1 cup of shredded mozzeralla cheese. Sprinkle on basil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe Notes

 I like to remove my pasta just before it's done. This way it does not overcook in the oven. 


How to freeze pasta bake:

When you plan on freezing a meal I would suggest baking this recipe in a freezer safe dish. You could also add leftover to a freezer safe dish after cooking and serving if you want to freeze leftovers. 

Start by allowing your pasta bake to cool completly. Cover your your freezer safe dish with foil or the lid. Freeze for up to 3 months. 

How to defrost and reheat:

Nutrition Facts
Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 586mg24%
Potassium 490mg14%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 644IU13%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.