Do you ever want to experience other cultures without leaving the comfort of your home? If yes, then I have the perfect solution for you! Bring a little bit of Italy to you with a delicious baked pasta meal. I love to make pasta in the oven. The right combination of pasta cook time and cook temp would give you the best result. A popular question I get is this. How long to bake pasta in oven? In this post, I like to talk about this and share tips on perfecting the recipe for homemade pasta baked in the oven.
You don’t want to make just any generic baked pasta, you want to make an appetizing homemade version that you can call your own. In order to achieve a tasty pasta dish, make sure you bake the pasta in the oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you bake pasta in the oven at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes, you can expect a flavorful and saucy pasta that is mixed with succulent meat and topped with some perfectly crisped cheese. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Every bite of pasta will have an amalgam of textures and flavors in it. Baked pasta is a classic in Italy, and now you will be able to experience it in your home. Just make sure you bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes to ensure you get the best results.
If you want to try baking pasta in the oven at different temperatures, you can consider using either 350 or 400 degrees to add some variation. For those who are short on cooking time, you can bake at 400 degrees to speed things up. But be careful not to dry out your pasta. Pasta is pretty absorbent, so it will be sucking up a lot of the sauce, which makes the dish dryer. Cooking at 400 degrees will only make this problem worse, unless you add more sauce.
On the other hand, you can try baking at a lower temperature and still get some pretty great results. The lower the oven temp you use to cook a dish, the more moisture it retains. But it will also take longer to cook. So, using 350 degrees might be a good option if you like your pasta to be more moist and is okay waiting a bit longer to enjoy your meal.
The best oven temperature to use when baking pasta is 375 degrees because it retains moisture while cooking at a reasonable time. Dry pasta is awful, and ovens naturally draw out moisture, so using the optimal oven temperature is vital. If you want to have a pasta dish that doesn’t quickly dry out in the oven, use 375 degrees for baking. This temperature also cooks your dish in great time. I know I hate waiting when I’m hungry, and this is a dish you definitely want to eat sooner rather than later. Using 375 degrees is the best temperature to cook pasta at if you want a mouth watering meal to share with your friends and family.
This delicious meal is easy to make and it leaves you with fantastic results. There are many oven baked pasta recipes on the internet. However, I prefer to stick to this one easy pasta recipe to make this Italian style dish at home. And here’s how to make pasta in the oven.
Go to the store and buy pasta (Rigatoni, Penne, Elbow or any other type you prefer), marinara sauce, ground turkey, seasonings, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese.
Start by cooking the meat in a pan until it’s brown in color.
In a separate pot, boil some water and cook the pasta for around 3-4 minutes.
Drain the water from the pot and pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the pasta. Add the marinara sauce and meat to the pasta and mix it all together. Season everything thoroughly.
Grab a 9×13 inch baking tray and pour the sauce, meat, and pasta into the tray.
Add some mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta.
Set the oven temp to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once baking is done, take it out and let it cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
If you want to make this process go by a little quicker, there are a few things you can do. For starters, a lot of the ingredients in baked pasta can last for a while, so have them stocked in your house for when you need them. Believe it or not, you can actually freeze pasta for about three months before it goes bad. Just make sure you put it in the fridge to thaw for a bit before reheating it in the oven. Nothing beats a fresh dish, but sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy to go through all the steps it takes to accomplish that level of freshness. So, if you want to save yourself some work in the future, freeze this meal for easy access the next time you crave for some baked pasta.
This dish is pretty flexible when it comes to what you can add to make it better. Depending on your preferences, you can try a different meat for new flavors, like chicken or ground beef. Other additions like diced onions and garlic can make a world of difference when added to this meal. If you really want to think outside of the box, you can add beans or celery to include different textures. Of course you can add more seasonings as well if you think it was too bland, or incorporate other cheeses on top to make a new blend.
Cooking is all about having fun and making amazing creations that you can share with others. Baked pasta really gives you the chance to flex your creativity muscles, so head to the kitchen and get started on your own unique pasta dish.
I like to prepare 2 ounces of pasta per person in one serving for my family. My family find it sufficient as I also have 2 to 3 side dishes to go along with pasta. But if I am preparing for more people, I will always add more as buffer since I will more likely have someone with a bigger than average appetite for pasta. So I would prepare an extra 2 ounces for every 4 people. That is to say I would have 10 ounces of pasta for 4 people in one serving.