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Top 20 pasta bake recipes

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Pasta bakes can feed the whole family with a few ingredients and minimal effort. Full of flavour and super-simple, dig into our best ever pasta bake recipes.

The words 'pasta bake' conjures up thoughts of rich and warming comfort food. They are super versatile and can be filled with meat, seafood, seasonal veg and of course, plenty of cheese. Our best ever recipes are designed to be easy to make, filling and above all, delicious. Your pasta prayers have been answered!

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Looking for more cheese-topped family dinners? Check out our collection of pasta bake recipes for more storecupboard inspiration and check our our top comfort food recipes for more meals to satisfy your cravings.

1. Chicken pasta bake

Chicken pasta bake in a serving bowl and plate

The ultimate weekday family dinner, this comforting chicken pasta bake is an example of how a few storecupboard ingredients can be transformed into something truly scrumptious. Combine tinned tomatoes with pasta and chicken pieces, then top with a generous layer of cheese to create that irresistible oozing finish.

Watch our video on how to make chicken pasta bake and see more chicken pasta recipes.

2. Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

Tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake

This simple and satisfying vegetarian tomato pasta bake uses spaghetti, tinned tomatoes and a pack of stretchy mozzarella. Our tomato & mozzarella spaghetti bake is the ideal weeknight meal that everyone will want another scoop of. Serve with a big green salad.

3. Pesto salmon pasta bake

Salmon pesto in dish with tomatoes

Our pesto salmon pasta bake is a simple seafood dish you can prep in just 10 minutes. Bake until the topping is golden and crunchy. The mascarpone makes a deliciously cream sauce while the pesto adds a layer of herby flavour that pairs well with delicate salmon.

4. Sausage pasta bake

Sausage pasta bake in dish

Whip up an American-Italian classic in the form of our easy sausage pasta bake. It's freezable so ideal for making ahead of time and packing away for future speedy suppers. Both kids and adults alike will love this flavourful meal, adjust the chilli for little palates.

5. Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake in a bowl

One of our most popular recipes, this tuna pasta bake is budget-friendly and makes the most of simple storecupboard ingredients such as tinned sweetcorn and tuna. It only takes 10 minutes to prep and is great for introducing kids to cooking.

Watch our video on how to make tuna pasta bake, then take a look at more tuna pasta recipes.

6. Crab mac 'n' cheese bake

Macaroni pasta bake in dish

This is an indulgent twist on a classic pasta bake, packed with sustainable shellfish. Our crab mac 'n' cheese bake is well worth the effort of preparing the crab. If you're looking for something a little bit special, this is the recipe for you.

7. Stuffed pasta bake bolognese

Pasta Bolognese bake with shells stuffed with ricotta

Here, we bring you the comfort food collaboration of dreams – herby, creamy stuffed conchiglioni with a rich meat ragu. Serve our stuffed pasta bake bolognese bubbling from the oven for a special weekend family meal.

8. Easy pesto lasagne

Lasagne in dish with basil leaves

This easy pesto lasagne is packed with greens, a creamy pesto and mascarpone sauce and a crunchy pine nut and parmesan topping. Everyone will want seconds.

Check out more vegetarian lasagne recipes.

9. Three-cheese meatball lasagne

Meatball lasagne in a round dish

Transform a traditional lasagne by swapping the ragu for sausage meatballs and adding a hint of spice. With a creamy nutmeg white sauce and gooey three-cheese topping, this mouth-watering meatball lasagne is irresistible.

Enjoy more of our sausage pasta recipes.

10. Tofu & spinach cannelloni

Spinach and tofu pasta bake in dish

This terrific tofu & spinach cannelloni recipe is healthy, low in calories and packed with protein and iron. It's also freezable, so you can batch-bake for the days ahead.

Find more cannelloni recipes.

11. Pesto salmon pasta bake

Pasta bake of pesto, salmon cherry tomatoes and broccoli

Our colourful broccoli, cherry tomato and pesto salmon pasta bake is packed with flavour and feel-good foods. Cover with crunchy breadcrumbs for an easy midweek dinner.

We've got plenty more salmon pasta recipes.

12. Chorizo & mozzarella gnocchi bake

Chorizo, mozzarella and gnocchi pasta bake in a round dish

Reinvent the pasta bake with gnocchi, mozzarella and smoky chorizo – they're a delicious combination with tomato sauce. This easy chorizo & mozzarella gnocchi bake can be ready in just over half an hour and is sure to become a family favourite.

Discover more chorizo pasta recipes.

13. Butternut squash cannelloni

Cannelloni in dish

This stunning dish takes advantage of the delicious flavour and texture of soft, roasted squash. Our butternut squash, sage & walnut honeycomb cannelloni is one to impress, with a creamy sauce and rich ricotta.

14. Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

Pasta bake in dish with mushrooms and spring onions

Even the title of this recipe makes us hungry. This leftover-loving creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake is a handy way of using up any ingredients languishing in the fridge.

15. Butternut squash, sausage, spinach & mushroom pasta bake

Butternut squash, sausage and mushroom pasta bake on a plate

As the days draw in, there's nothing more comforting than a warming bake using seasonal veg. The sweet, earthy flavour of butternut squash balances well with sausage, spinach, kale, mushrooms and sage. This hearty squash and sausage pasta bake takes a bit of prep but is well worth the effort.

16. Chicken, spinach & bacon alfredo pasta bake

Pasta bake in dish

Turn a classic chicken alfredo into a hearty pasta bake with plenty of spinach, tomatoes and even mushrooms if you like your veggies. Our chicken, spinach & bacon alfredo pasta bake is great for feeding a crowd and it's freezable to boot.

17. Puttanesca meatball bake

Meatball pasta bake on plate

This easy dish takes some flavour inspiration from a classic puttanesca pasta. Mix together olives, capers, courgettes and plenty of chilli flakes to make our warming puttanesca meatball bake.

18. Courgette & basil pasta with pesto crumbs

Courgette pasta in dish

Not all pasta bakes need to be wintry and heavy, our courgette & basil pasta with pesto crumbs is ideal for when the sun is shining. Fry the courgettes with garlic and onion, then bake with a simple creamy sauce and a quick pesto topping. This veggie feast is great for entertaining.

19. 3-veg mac 'n' cheese

Macaroni cheese in dish and on plate

One to get the kids scoffing plenty of veg, our 3-veg mac 'n' cheese is sure to be in regular rotation on your weekly menu. Chunks of butternut squash, leeks and peas up this pasta bake's family credentials. This beautiful bubbling bake is the perfect antidote to gloomy weeknights.

20. Ravioli lasagne

Ravioli pasta bake in dish

Use your favourite flavour of ready-made ravioli to make this genius family-friendly pasta bake. Our ravioli lasagne uses a grand total of just five ingredients. Throw together your pasta, spinach, sausages, chopped tomatoes and plenty of cheese for a filling dinner in a flash.

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