recipe: baked pasta

You know, the original focus of this blog was healthy eating and living. You wouldn't know it by looking at today's recipe…gooey, cheesy baked pasta.

Baked gnocchi

Between work, school, and trying to keep myself sane, cooking has taken a major backseat in my life since the summer. It's just one of the ebbs and flows of life, but my lack of interest in cooking really limits what I eat. Anything that can be made with minimal effort and in under 20 minutes seems to be the level I'm reaching for lately.

Baked pasta has become a staple for us this semester. It feels like I took the time to do something and gives leftovers for the next day. That's a huge win-win situation right now.

baked pasta

1 package of pasta, your choice (I've been using penne lately)
1 jar tomato sauce
2ish cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cook the pasta according to direction and drain. Combine the pasta and sauce in an oven-proof dish and top with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes, then switch to broil for another 2-3 minutes.

Soooooo easy, soooooo good. It feels like I used a little more effort to bake something than to just do normal spaghetti. Sometimes I even use alfredo when I'm feeling indulgent.

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