It feels like the perfect time to share this easy weeknight recipe that is a family favorite and great when you’re hosting multiple people. We make this about once a week in some random variety, the best part about this recipe is that you can alter it for whatever you’re craving. Throw everything into one baking dish and all the flavors cook together for the perfectly seasoned pasta bake!
Pasta, fresh veggies and italian seasoning are mixed with water so the pasta cooks entirely in the oven by soaking up all the liquid right from the dish. The one thing about this recipe is that you’ll want to alter the water depending on the type of dish you’re using. I’ve found that I don’t like my pasta to have a ton of leftover liquid so the first few times you make this you may notice small things you’d tweak the next time.
Weeknight One Pan Pasta Bake Recipe
1 lb pasta of your choice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup green olives, halved
1/2 cup sliced peppers
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella balls
5 slices of pepperoni or salami
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2-2.5 cups water
parmesan cheese (I like lots of it!)
chopped fresh basil
Preheat your oven to 375. In a baking dish combine dry pasta, cherry tomatoes, green olives, olive oil and seasoning. Mix together until evenly coated. Add 2 cups of water until pasta is covered but with about 1/2 inch out of water. *If you feel like you need more water, add another half cup. This depends on your baking dish sometimes! Stick little mozzarella balls into the pasta throughout dish. Top with shredded cheese, sliced peppers and pepperoni. Add more italian seasoning if you prefer. Rub a little olive oil on aluminum foil, place on dish with oil side down and bake for 30 mins.
Remove aluminum foil and cook for another 10 minutes until cheese in bubbling and brown. You can even put it under the broiler for a few minutes! Top with fresh basil and serve with parmesan cheese on top! Enjoy!!