Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
Campbell's used to make a jarred pasta bake sauce that I loved when my kids were little and time was short! When it was discontinued I discovered that the same recipe could be used with any jarred pasta sauce. My oldest son, who is away at college, asked me for some easy recipes that he can make with minimal mess and time and this recipe popped into my head... I thought I'd post it since I couldn't find any others like it on Zaar.
- 1 (16 ounce) box pasta (Rigatoni, Penne, Rotini or Ziti)
- 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato sauce
- 1 full jar water (24 ounces)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees.
- COMBINE uncooked pasta, 1 jar of Sauce and 1 jar of water in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil.
- BAKE 30 minutes. Uncover and stir well.
- TOP with cheese. Bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts and pasta is tender.
- Optional: You can add garlic powder and/or italian seasoning along with the pasta/sauce/water mixture and sprinkle grated parmesan on top of the mozzarella for great flavor and easier browning.
- Optional: You can add small frozen meatballs or browned ground beef (if you don't mind dirtying a pan) along with the pasta/sauce/water mixture for some added protein.
Oh wow thank you so very much for this recipe! It's so simple and can be modified in so many ways. I used a jar of vodka sauce, bowtie pasta, frozen meatballs and otherwise followed the recipe. When I took it out to stir I tasted it and thought it was a little bland. The remaining bake time took the rest of the moisture out and left great flavor. I froze the leftovers for lunches... awesome!
This was easy and required things I usually have on-hand, definitely a keeper! I used this with gluten free rice fusilli pasta and it was perfect! People like different amounts of sauce and while this wasn't dry by any means, it wasn't extra saucy either. Big hug with my own kids and their two friends who ate dinner with us. Definitely a recipe where you can okay with the spices, sauces, and extra ingredients like meat or veggies. This is a great, basic, recipe. Definitely serves 6 people easily (with seconds).
Hollyism,<br/><br/>First, thank you for your posting. It solved a need: a one dish, simpler baked pasta. I would like to offer the following revisions I made.<br/><br/>1) I used whole wheat pasta, the boxes of which are 13.5 oz, not 16 oz like most white pasta, but left the fluid quantity as written above.<br/><br/>2) I changed the cooking time and temperature: 45 minutes at 400°.<br/><br/>3) I put 1/3 of cheese into the mix from the start, saving 2/3 for the last 10 minutes.<br/><br/>The whole wheat pasta seemed to hold up pretty well to the baking process.<br/><br/>Again, thank you, kindly.