Baked pasta is a low-prep dish, which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight when you just don’t have the time to spend an hour or two chopping produce and cooking over a hot stove. But, to get the perfect, saucy, delicious baked pasta dish without having to cook the pasta first, you have to follow one key trick.
The secret is good ole’ water! Make sure you add enough after you pile the other ingredients in so that the pasta, veggies, and meat all cook into a cheesy, tasty mess. You get something similar to lasagna without all the work. This dish does take about an hour to bake, but that’s time you can be doing whatever around the house rather than cooking. You only need a couple ingredients:
Once you’ve layered everything into the baking dish, pour two to three cups of water in and cover with foil. Bake for an hour at 400 F degree and sprinkle with fresh herbs or toasted breadcrumbs for a tasty topping.