44 Baked Pasta Dishes That'll Feed a Crowd

Sausage-Pimiento Cheese Pasta Rollups
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

These hearty baked pasta recipes are the perfect crowd-pleasing meal. Bake a melty masterpiece to enjoy right away, or stock up the freezer with these tasty make-ahead options. Pasta tastes perfect fresh out of the pot, but these easy, baked pasta recipes show you how simple it is to savor pasta fresh out of the oven.

When you need a make-ahead meal, you'll appreciate a Southern staple like our Chicken-Spaghetti Casserole, Baked Ziti with Sausage, the Classic Chicken Tetrazzini, or any of our many other baked pasta recipes. Scrumptious Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese is light on both butter and cheese, and ideal for add-ins: think sweet peas and prosciutto or ham and broccoli. So for a mouthwatering lasagna, a fresh new approach to your favorite mac 'n' cheese, or a new way to enjoy vegetable casseroles, preheat your ovens and prepare to delight in one of these fantastic baked pasta recipes.

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Baked Ziti With Meatballs

Baked Ziti and Meatballs
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Ziti With Meatballs

Convenience items like frozen meatballs and jarred marinara sauce help this hearty dinner come together in just 30 minutes.

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Baked Ziti with Chicken

Baked Ziti with Chicken
Photographer: Will Dickey Prop Stylist: Missie Crawford Food Stylist: Erin Merhar

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Chicken

While baked ziti recipes usually call on ground beef, this version uses rotisserie chicken.

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Chicken-and-Broccoli Pasta Bake

Chicken-and-Broccoli Pasta Bake
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Chicken-and-Broccoli Pasta Bake

With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, you can get this family-friendly dinner on the table.

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

This simple pasta bake recipe is the perfect example of dressing up a jar of pasta sauce at suppertime.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

We know there's a package of ground beef sitting in your freezer right now—here's what to do with it.

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Baked Linguine With Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce

Baked Linguine with Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Linguine With Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce

What if we told you it's possible to create this pretty dish in just 20 minutes?

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Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken-Bacon Ranch Casserole

Three words that make any dinner a hit? Chicken, bacon, and ranch.

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Ravioli Lasagna

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Recipe: Ravioli Lasagna

This recipe brings two classic pasta dishes together in one skillet.

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Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella

Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella
Photo: Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella

Think of this baked rigatoni as an easy take on lasagna that comes together in a springform pan.

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Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers

Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers

You'll know this skillet pasta bake is ready to come out of the oven when it's bubbling and golden brown on top.

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Fusilli Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, and Bacon

Fusilli Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, and Bacon
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Fusilli Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, and Bacon

We love using our sheet pan for easy one-dish dinners, but did you know you can use it for pasta night, too? Meet the cheesy recipe you'll make on repeat.

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Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

We prepared this 30-minute recipe with ground beef, but you can also use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer.

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Meatball Pasta Bake

Meatball Pasta Bake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Pasta Bake

Orange juice and fennel give this quick supper bright, fresh flavor. Chop fennel as you would an onion, or omit it, if desired.

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Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

You pop this skillet supper under the broiler to be sure the cheese gets nice and melty.

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Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables

Lighten up your usual pasta bake with fresh farmers' market veggies this summer.

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Baked Tortellini Alfredo With Mushrooms

Baked Tortellini Alfredo with Mushrooms
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Tortellini Alfredo With Mushrooms

We can't count how many times a package of refrigerated tortellini has saved us from a boring dinner.

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Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Pick up smoked barbecue from your favorite local spot for this super-easy supper. Plus, the recipe includes directions for baking right away or freezing and baking later for busy weeks.

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Chicken-Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken-Spaghetti Casserole

Cooking the spaghetti in the chicken broth will give you an even stronger, more savory flavor.

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Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake

Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake

Reviewers rave about this comforting pasta bake that sneaks in good-for-you kale (even kids love it!).

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Healthy Turkey Lasagna

Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Lasagna

Our favorite recipe from the Cooking Light column, this lightened-up lasagna tastes every bit as flavorful as the traditional version.

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Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Cheese-filled tortellini and a chopped pecan topping add extra flavor to this kid-friendly Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake, while broccoli and red bell pepper contribute pops of color throughout this one-dish meal.

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Baked Ziti with Sausage

Baked Ziti with Sausage
Southern Living

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Sausage

Pancetta, or cured pork belly, is the same thing as bacon without the smoke. Find it in the deli case of most supermarkets. Native to Italy, San Marzano tomatoes are known for their sweet flavor. Consider trying them in place of regular crushed tomatoes in the sauce.

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Mac and Cheese with Ham

Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Mac and Cheese with Ham

This delicious mac and cheese is light on butter and cheese yet still melts in your mouth. Change the flavor profile of the recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and proscuitto or ham and broccoli.

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Creamy Spring Pasta Bake

Creamy Spring Pasta Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Spring Pasta Bake

Baked pasta gets a spring spin with baby sweet peas and ham. We love the crunchy, savory topping made with croutons and Parmesan cheese.

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Pizza Casserole Deluxe

Pizza Casserole Deluxe
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Pizza Casserole Deluxe

Win over all of the kids and grown-ups in your house with this new instant classic that feeds more than two everything pizzas. Fresh and packaged mozzarella give it the best melty consistency.

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Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

This vegetable lasagna showcases a plethora of fresh veggies from zucchini, to mushrooms, to red and yellow bell peppers.

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King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Freeze this hearty, cheesy favorite in lidded bakeware for easy transport between oven, freezer, and fridge.

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New Tuna Casserole

New Tuna Casserole
Greg Dupree

Recipe: New Tuna Casserole

Our take on the classic hits the high notes: creamy, cheesy, fresh, and crunchy. Resist digging into the casserole right out of the oven. Letting it stand for 10 minutes allows it to firm up to the perfect consistency.

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto Recipe
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto

This stovetop-to-oven method yields crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat.

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Lasagna Roll Ups

Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Lasagna Roll Ups

These lasagna rolls are the perfect meal to freeze individually and thaw according to your dinnertime head count.

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Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

A container of refrigerated pesto adds distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months.

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Turkey-Noodle-Poppy Seed Casserole

Turkey-Noodle-Poppyseed Casserole Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Turkey-Noodle-Poppy Seed Casserole

This recipe came from the pages of the November 1990 issue of Southern Living, and it has undoubtedly stood the test of time.

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Butternut Squash Lasagna

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagna

This fall version of lasagna is the ideal hearty dinner for a chilly night.

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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Ham and Noodle Casserole
Jen Causey

Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole

This retro casserole is just the thing to have sitting in your freezer for Sunday suppers or busy weeknights.

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Italian Casserole

Italian Casserole
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Italian Casserole

This has been a Southern Living standby for decades of holidays. It's always ready in the freezer for drop-by guests!

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Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Beth Dreiling; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

You can freeze this casserole unbaked for up to a month for nights when you're in need of a kid-friendly dinner that no one will whine about.

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Greek Baked Ziti

Greek Baked Ziti
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti

The combination of Greek spices will make your pasta supper feel special.

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Leftover Turkey Casserole

Leftover Turkey Casserole
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Torie Cox; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Leftover Turkey Casserole

Your day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers just got so much tastier than a turkey sandwich.

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Homemade Baked Lasagna

Homemade Baked Lasagna
Southern Living

Recipe: Homemade Baked Lasagna

Consider this your go-to, no-frills lasagna recipe.

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Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna

Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
SL Van Chaplin

Recipe: Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna

Store-bought sauces and frozen ravioli meet in this extra-creamy twist on lasagna.

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Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Recipe: Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

This grown-up version of mac and cheese is just as delicious as the classic recipe.

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Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta

Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta
Melina Hammer

Recipe: Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta

This cross between a frittata and your usual pasta night dinner is pretty enough for Mama's visit.

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Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Freshly-grated Parmesan adds the cheesy flavor to this casserole. This recipe is great for making ahead and freezing.

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Sausage-Pimiento Cheese Pasta Rollups

Sausage-Pimiento Cheese Pasta Rollups
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

Recipe: Sausage-Pimiento Cheese Pasta Rollups

Pimiento cheese isn't just for snacking. It gives this pasta rollup recipe a delicious flavor.

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