Pasta Bake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) olive oil 

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1/2 medium onion, diced 

1 pound dry pasta, such as rigatoni, penne, fusilli, etc. 

32 ounces canned crushed tomatoes 

Optional add-ins: canned tuna, canned salmon, frozen vegetables or canned beans 

6 slices provolone or mozzarella


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a pot of water to a boil and salt liberally.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and onions and saute, stirring, for 3 minutes.  
  3. Meanwhile, drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook 3 to 4 minutes less than the package instructions. 
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. When simmering, stir in any add-ins if desired.  
  5. Drain the pasta and mix it into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the provolone or mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.  

Cook’s Note

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