On most Fridays, my husband works from home. Last Friday was no different. I was busy with a cake for my friend’s son and so I had to make a lunch that’s substantial enough for the man but that’s not time consuming. I didn’t want to spend time in front of the stove when I had a lot to do. So baked pasta it was! I like this recipe as the hands on effort is less. You are almost done if pasta is cooked. The rest is just mixing a couple of sauces and baking.
I had tried this recipe two weeks back for Thanksgiving lunch. So I knew it was a good recipe. I had followed the recipe exactly that day and made a Rigatoni pasta pie. You can checkout this one minute video tutorial to see what I am talking about. But I realized that the effort of packing the pasta into the cake pan is really not worth it. I couldn’t fill each pasta with the ricotta filling and the pie collapsed when I cut into it. It was tasty but it didn’t stand by itself like a pie piece. It tasted amazing, so I decided to take the simpler route of just mixing the pesto sauce with the pasta and the baking it. It all tastes the same at the end anyway and the effort is so much lesser.
Read on for the pictorial.
Recipe adapted from Tastemade.com
- 1 12 oz pack pasta of your choice
- 1 cup pesto
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Gemma’s hot sauce
- 1 cup pasta sauce
- 1 – 1.5 cups of shredded cheese of your choice
This post is a part of the Bake-a-thon 2017
7 thoughts on “Baked Pasta with Ricotta cheese”
Baked pasta is a favourite at my house but never tried making it with pesto. Very inviting dish.
A prefect meal to prepare and enjoy while its too chilled outside, my kids will go crazy if i do this irresistible baked pasta, fantastic dish there Rajani.
We are very fond of pasta dishes , normally it is just red or white or a combination , but pesto and red sauce sound interesting . Cheese would make the dish totally sinful , but I would have to cut that down and perhaps add bread crumbs . Fantastic dish !
Such delicious looking baked pasta dish. Looks creamy and delicious.
Ah the video surely looks so complicated! Imagine filling each of it like that..like your method much better and the dish sounds so sinful, will surely try it sometime..
The colorful pasta adds such character to the dish. It looks beautiful and delicious!