Looking for a dinner recipe that is filling, quick to make and delicious? Try this Easy, Cheesy Baked Pasta Recipe.
Pasta night is very popular at our house. I have been serving pasta dishes at least once a week for as long as I can remember. Everyone loves pasta. There are endless ways to get good food on the table fast and it makes great leftovers, so make extra!
Looking around the dinner table and watching everyone devour this Easy, Cheesy Baked Pasta dish made me happy. All of a sudden, it got real quiet at the table.
If you have to make a potluck dish for the holidays, I recommend a pasta and cheese dish for several reasons:
- You can make a large portion economically
- It still tastes great if you are unable to heat it up during the party
- Some people do not eat meat and almost everyone loves pasta
- It is easy to make ahead of time
This dish would also be delicious with Barilla Ziti, Rigatoni, or Mostaccioli instead of the Rotini pasta that I used. For a twist, you could add mushrooms, black olives or green peppers.
Just a few simple ingredients are needed. You can find them all at Walmart.
If you are short on time (who ISN”T this time of year?), use the Walmart Grocery pick up service. You can thank me later! Order your groceries online or on their APP and choose a pickup day and time. Drive to the designated pick up are and they will load the groceries right in your car.
I wish this was available when my kids were little! I used it recently when I was recovering from the flu and it was wonderful.
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved plus 10 whole tomatoes
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 jar, 24 oz, Barilla Marinara Sauce
1 box, Barilla Rotini Pasta, cooked and drained
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 package, 8 oz, Galbani Mozzarella Fresca
Chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large skillet, add garlic and 1/2 cup halved tomatoes and heat for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften and garlic is tender.
Add the pasta sauce.
Add the pasta.
Stir in spinach and mix well. Heat for 3-5 minutes or until spinach begins to go limp.
Slice remaining 10 tomatoes into quarters.
Slice the Galbani Mozzarella Fresca Cheese into 9 rounds. You will notice that is has a softer texture for easier slicing.
Did you know it is the #1 cheese brand in Italy? My Italian grandmother used to serve it and cook with it so I have never deviated.
Place pasta into a square baking dish and top with cheese.
Sprinkle with quartered tomatoes and fresh basil. The green from the basil and the red from the tomatoes makes this pasta dish so festive!
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melting.
Quality + Convenience + Savings
- My favorite pasta brand is Barilla because it is made with few wholesome ingredients which follow the guidelines of the Mediterranean diet and a healthy lifestyle.
- Galbani cheese – over 130 years of Italian craftsmanship and the #1 Chunk Mozzarella brand in the USA
- Offer from Ibotta – earn $2 when you purchase Barilla Pasta/Sauce and Galbani Cheese
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- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved plus 10 whole tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 jar, 24 oz, Barilla Marinara Sauce
- 1 box, Barilla Rotini Pasta, cooked and drained
- 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
- 1 package, 8 oz, Galbani Mozzarella Fresca
- chopped fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large skillet, add garlic and 1/2 cup halved tomatoes and heat for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften and garlic is tender.
- Add pasta sauce, pasta and spinach and mix well. Heat for 3-5 minutes or until spinach begins to go limp.
- Slice remaining 10 tomatoes into quarters.
- Slice Mozzarella cheese into 9 rounds.
- Place pasta into a square baking dish and top with cheese. Sprinkle with quartered tomatoes and fresh basil.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melting.