Try this quick pasta bake recipe for a cheap dinner for kids.
Sometimes I love making a fancy dinner with all the fixings….and other nights…well, I just don’t feel like cooking at all! I got this easy dinner pasta recipe from my sister years and years ago and it soon became an instant hit in my house. This is the perfect recipe for the nights when you just do not want to cook dinner.
It is full of yummy noodles and cheesy goodness, it also happens to be one of the quickest and easiest dinners I make. So if you are needing a simple, budget friendly dinner idea, this is for you! It is perfect for those busy evenings you need to throw something together quick! I am pretty sure it is impossible to mess this recipe up!
Easy Pasta Bake Recipe
The first thing you will need to do to make this easy pasta bake recipe is to gather your ingredients. You will need:
- 1 box pasta (16 0z.)
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz.)
- 1 jar water (about 12 oz.)
- Grated cheese (about 1 cup)
Grab your box of pasta and pour it into a casserole dish. I usually use rotini or penne, but occasionally I will use macaroni pasta. It just depends on what I have on hand.
Pour a jar of spaghetti sauce and water over the pasta. You can also add olives or mushrooms. Stir it all up and put it in the oven.
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After the pasta bakes in the oven for 20 minutes, take it out of the oven and sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Take it out of the oven and ENJOY! My entire family loves this meal! And I especially love that it doesn’t time any effort!
Easy Pasta Bake
- 1 box pasta
- 24 oz. spaghetti sauce
- 12 oz. water
- olive or mushrooms optional
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Stir pasta, spaghetti sauce, water and olives and mushrooms in 9X13 casserole dish. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Bake another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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Nan Mathews says
I did something wrong. I used rotini, and all the measurements as required but it was, I guess, pasty. What did I do wrong?
Sweet Frugal Life says
Hm, I’m not sure why it turned out pasty. I’ve never had that happen before. I wonder if it was overcooked a little?
Can I substitute noodles for potato
Sweet Frugal Life says
I have never tried this substitute before, but you can try it and see!