There's something inherently comforting about a steaming, bubbling casserole dish straight from the oven. And when that casserole is packed with tender pasta, luscious sauces, gooey cheese, and a medley of delectable ingredients, it's a true delight that warms both the stomach and the soul. Welcome to this roundup of 28 Pasta Casserole Recipes, where I’ll dive into a world of hearty and satisfying dishes that are bound to become staples in your recipe repertoire.
Whether you're seeking a quick and easy weeknight dinner, a crowd-pleasing potluck contribution, or simply a way to indulge in a little comfort, pasta casseroles have got you covered. From classic combinations that are nostalgic to new creations that push the boundaries of flavor, this roundup is a world of inspiration. Join me as I explore a variety of mouthwatering pasta casserole recipes that showcase the endless possibilities of this timeless and beloved dish.
Pizza and pasta absolutely go together and this casserole is proof. It’s filled with pasta, ground beef, sausage, peppers, onions, and of course melty mozzarella and pepperoni. It’s hearty enough to feed a crowd and delicious enough to please even the pickiest of eaters. Make this a new movie night tradition!
If you love buffalo chicken, you’ll love this spicy, filling casserole. It’s packed with spicy, tender chicken, al dente penne pasta, and melted shredded cheese. It’s lightened up too, with the use of reduced-fat cheese, so it’s a healthy meal for weeknight dinners. You can easily control the level of spice if you’re making it for kids.
Chicken and Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake is a creamy, meaty casserole. You can even beef it up with extra chicken if you’re feeding a crowd. It’s packed full of healthy protein, and the crispy bacon adds a ton of delicious flavor. The white pasta sauce is low in calories, but still divine in this meal.
Diving into this smoky meatball pasta casserole will make you think of cold winter nights and fine Italian fare. It’s got tender meatballs studded throughout a layer of pasta and various cheeses. The tangy tomato sauce helps cut the richness of the beef and cheese. Top this casserole with freshly chopped basil for a beautiful presentation.
Italian Sausage Penne Pasta Casserole is extremely easy to assemble, with just 10 ingredients needed. Keeping things simple is a great way to make dinner in a flash, but also lets prominent flavors shine through. Large chunks of Italian sausage spread through this dish give you meaty bites to enjoy throughout.
If you like lobster mac n cheese, but don’t have the funds for it, or even the time to try to make a “fancy” dish, you can make this cheesy crab pasta casserole instead. It’s quick and classic because it’s basically mac n cheese. But the soft crab mixed into the dish elevates this casserole to a fun, fancy level.
Simple can be flavorful and fantastic for a weeknight meal. Don’t shy away from a recipe just because it seems too simple or easy. This Simple Ground Beef Pasta is reminiscent of hamburger helper, but it has much more of a homemade feel to it. The family will devour it.
Spinach, mushrooms, and pasta come together in this savory bake with a delectable parmesan garlic sauce. You can’t go wrong with any of those flavors! This is a great dish to serve at a dinner party when you want it to be easy but full of flavor. Serve this to your guests with a good red wine, and some garlic breadsticks, and everyone will be happy.
BBQ Ranch Chicken is such a classic flavor, and it’s made even better in a casserole full of cheese and pasta. This casserole has the addition of sweet corn, green chilis, and rotel to help bulk it up and pair with the ranch flavor. It’s hearty, filling, and perfect for a Sunday meal.
This five ingredient taco pasta is almost too good to be true. You won’t believe the flavors you can get out of just these five ingredients. You can always dress it up a bit with avocado, cilantro, and lime, but it’s delicious as is. This is a great way to celebrate Taco Tuesday and add a little variety to the menu.
The best thing about this casserole is that it’s easy, but it can be made even easier. By using frozen chicken tenders, you can make this casserole in no time. It’s also fantastic if you make it a few days ahead of time. It lets the flavors meld together, and it also saves you from doing all the kitchen work while all the guests are over.
White wine, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and cheese make a fantastic cheesy sauce for shredded chicken and thin spaghetti. Put it all in a casserole dish and bake it until it’s got a bubbly crust, and you’ve got a comforting weeknight meal that will feed 10 hungry people.
Lasagna could probably already count as a casserole, but instead of actual lasagna noodles that help the dish stand on its own, this casserole is made with small egg noodles. The egg noodles still soak up the tangy tomato sauce and creamy ricotta cheese mixture- so you’re not missing out on traditional lasagna flavor. It’s perfect for scooping a heaping portion into a big bowl and serving with garlic sticks.
A meaty cheesy casserole is the perfect place to hide some veggies. If you’re not a fan of broccoli, you can easily substitute it with sweet peas or cauliflower florets. Even the meat in this casserole can be substituted for turkey, ham, or shrimp. It’s versatile, so tailor it to your taste preferences.
This had me at bolognese rigatoni. Enough said! We know it’s going to be meaty, saucy, cheesy just by those two words. This casserole is large rigatoni baked with a meaty bolognese sauce and handfuls of shredded cheese. It’s topped with a beautiful broiled cheese crust. This makes a great date night meal if you want to impress someone special.
Million Dollar Spaghetti is a special recipe made of lots of Italian sausage, tangy marinara sauce, bubbly cheese, and plenty of herbs. It’s a great casserole if you want to spruce up your regular spaghetti and meatball night. And it’s often easier to make that the traditional spaghetti and meatballs because it’s all thrown into one dish.
You’re going to love how easy this casserole is to make. The addition of cream cheese gives it a deliciously smooth and creamy texture and helps hold the whole thing together. The recipe calls for dried herbs, but if you have the chance to use fresh herbs, do it. Double the amount if using fresh herbs. It gives an amazing bright flavor.
Think mac and cheese but with the richness of carbonara. Bacon and peas in this casserole also add flavor as well as color which is much needed. If you’re looking for a hearty meal for a cozy movie night, this is it. You can even easily make this gluten-free by using a gluten-free pasta.
If you don’t have the time or patience to make individual hamburgers for a crowd, this old fashioned hamburger casserole will do the trick. It’s basically all the needed ingredients of a hamburger, with pasta for the carbs instead of a bun. The creamy tomato and mushroom sauce give the ground beef the delicious hamburger flavor we’re after.
Similar to the BBQ Ranch Chicken Pasta above, but this casserole is made with real mayo for extra creaminess and a ranch seasoning packet for ultimate flavor. Duke’s Moonshine Hickory BBQ sauce adds an amazing barbeque flavor, and the pasta just soaks it all up. This is a great one to use for a summer bbq cookout.
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and you’re looking for a hearty filling dinner, this vegetable pasta bake is for you! The only substitutes you’ll have to make are a non-dairy cream and a non-dairy cheese such as Follow Your Heart or Daiya Cheese. Even if you’re not vegan, this is a delicious casserole to get in some extra nutrients!
Ground beef, corn, black beans, and salsa are the base of this baked Mexican pasta. Cooked penne pasta is added to the filling, and the whole dish is topped with cheese before baking. Sprinkle on some festive cilantro once it’s done, and you’ve got a delicious Mexican flavored pasta dinner.
Using frozen cheese ravioli is a genius move for a pasta casserole. Because of it, this dish only requires three ingredients. Ravioli, tomato sauce, and cheese are the only ingredients, but you’ll feel like you’re eating a whole meal. Frozen Cheese Ravioli Bake is a great meal for picky kids too - what kid doesn’t like cheese and pasta!
Cottage cheese and sour cream are the main ingredients in this sour cream noodle bake. It gives the dish creaminess without using a ton of cheese. Cottage cheese is a high protein, healthy option if you’re looking to keep things lightened up. It’s ready in 30 minutes, and simple in ingredients. Simple and tasty!
Creamy Italian Pasta can be made in a crockpot or in a casserole dish - it’s up to you. Either way, it’s absolutely delicious. You can use any pasta that you like. Three cheeses are required for this dish, but that’s what makes it creamy, so it’s definitely worth it. You’ll love it!
Stuffed peppers are a hearty, filling meal themselves, but when made into a pasta casserole, they’re even better! This dish is full of ground beef, three different peppers, farfalle pasta, cheddar jack cheese, and herbs. If you want a pasta dish without it feeling like an Italian meal, this is the one to use.
You can make this pasta bake with just the ingredients you have in your pantry (as long as a can of tuna is one of them). The sauce is a gravy made of butter, flour, milk, and a bit of cheese which are all normal ingredients to have on hand. You can also use any spices that you have in your cabinet, as well as any veggie if you don’t have mushrooms.
If you’re not a fan of alfredo sauce or tomato sauce, this pesto-baked rigatoni is sure to please you. It’s super simple, requiring four ingredients and about thirty minutes. Also, rigatoni is the perfect pasta for this because it’s large and the holes hold the sauce so well. You’ll get all the flavors in each bite.
Whether you're a novice cook looking to impress or a seasoned chef in search of new twists on old favorites, this collection of pasta casserole recipes is here to spark your creativity and transform ordinary ingredients into extraordinary meals. So preheat your oven and get ready to savor comforting, delectable casseroles.
28 Lovely Pasta Casserole Recipes
- 1-7.5 oz package pillsbury biscuits in the 4 value packs you can buy a larger pack and weigh out
- 6 oz softened light or fat-free cream cheese
- 12 oz cooked shredded chicken about 3 cups, I cook mine in the crockpot in a little broth on high about 3 hours depending on how much chicken your cooking
- ⅓ cup franks hot sauce
- ¼ cup light ranch dressing to save points you could use my zero point recipe
- ½ cup light shredded cheese
- 5 slices cooked and crumbled bacon I use Wegman's brand from the U.S
- Preheat oven to 375F and spray a 9x13 casserole dish.
- Cut your 10 small biscuits into 6 pieces each and spread out on the bottom of your dish.
- In a bowl mix your cream cheese, ranch dressing and franks sauce. Stir in your shredded chicken.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto your biscuits making sure to cover all areas.
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes, remove and sprinkle cheese and crumbled bacon on top.
- Return to oven for 10 minutes. Cut into 6 equal servings, I don't weigh mine out I just make sure each serving is similar in size.
- *Please note, some comments below have people saying that when entering info into the WW app they are getting much higher numbers, I am in Canada and you may be in the U.S, changes to this such as different biscuits, a different brand of ranch or cheese can make a big difference, not only do I input my exact ingredients into my fitness pal, I also determine my SP value for each ingredient, add all those numbers up and divide by my yield, so I am doing double the work to ensure my numbers based on my ingredients are correct, I can not help if you have used a different product and it scans much higher.. Here is a break down of my ingredients and their SP (prior to freestyle)value.. Biscuits 17SP, Cream cheese 14SP, Chicken 8SP, Sauce 0Sp, Ranch 4SP, Cheese 6SP, Bacon 4SP