Baked Pasta Lasagna Casserole

Monday, November 13, 2017
This is one of the easiest mock style lasagna made casserole recipes.

During a busy work schedule, this can be made ahead of time, frozen and popped in the oven when ever you have a quick lasagna craving, this one will do in a pinch.

We love specialty pasta and make many different kinds including Rigatoni alla Zozzona,  Cacio e Pepe and of course the fabulous Carbonara all-Roman pasta recipes of my late grandma's.

Although everything of grandma's was made from scratch, modern times call for quicker meals with busy work schedules and this is one of them we love.

If you're a lasagna lover, this casserole has a ll the flavors layered and super easy to make, just hit print on the recipe card for the recipe below.


baby shells layered like lasagna casserole





Simplicity Of the Sauce to use



baked lasagna using baby shell pasta


Pasta Suggestions

  1. rigatoni
  2. bowties
  3. mostaccioli
  4. penne
  5. seashells
  6. elbows
  7. spirals


pasta suggestions for mock lasagna recipe


Tips

  • cook any kind of pasta you prefer al dente
  • use any brand of your favorite jarred or canned tomato sauce
  • bake the casserole just until the cheese melts
  • instead of ground beef add pepperoni
  • for a little heat add red pepper flakes to the sauce
  • use only Pecorino Romano and Parmesan blended cheese
  • omit the ricotta if using ravioli pasta



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Ingredients in this recipe you will need(for exact measurements scroll to the printable recipe card)

  1. Favorite pasta
  2. Tomato Sauce
  3. Ricotta
  4. Seasoned Ground Beef
  5. Grated and Mozzarella Cheese


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Easy Classic Lasagna made with any Pasta 



This style mock lasagna is the perfect casserole for any weekend and can be made ahead of time and frozen.


The recipe is easily adapted to whatever your favorite sauce is and can even be made with jarred Alfredo sauce if you prefer that kind.


This pasta dish is so easy everyone raves about it and perfect for picnics and large crowds..


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American, Italian
Yield: 15
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Baked Pasta Lasagna Casserole

Baked Pasta Lasagna Casserole

A recipe that can use any pasta layered just like lasagna. We used baby shell pasta, meat, ricotta, tomato sauce, and loads of cheese!
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 50 Min

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of any kind of pasta (small shells, bow ties, spirals, penne) cooked to package instructions and drained
  • 1 pound seasoned ground beef or frozen thawed mashed meatballs (1 bag)
  • To season the beef, sprinkle evening with granulated garlic powder, salt, peppers, and grated Pecorino and Parmesan cheese blend. Cook until all the pink is gone and drain.
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella whole milk or deli slices of provolone cheese
  • Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese and Parmesan Blended cheese
  • Ricotta filling:
  • 1 15-ounce container of Ricotta Cheese mixed with 2 eggs, 1/4 cup grated cheese, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, or use granulated garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, and a handful of chopped fresh Italian parsley. Mix all together and set aside.
  • 1 - 28-ounce can of Tomato Sauce or Homemade sauce or jarred sauce
  • Garnish: fresh basil (this is optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta drain and set aside.
  2. Brown the beef, season then drain. (if using thawed frozen meatballs, crush them in the bowl and set them aside.
  3. Oil spray a 10 x 10 casserole dish.
  4. Add a little tomato sauce on the bottom, then the cooked pasta in a thin single layer.
  5. Spread the ricotta cheese on top of the layer of pasta.
  6. Note: there is no sauce on the ricotta cheese layer just on top of pasta and meats..
  7. Sprinkle with some grated and shredded cheese.
  8. Add more pasta, then the seasoned beef on top, then more sauce and cheese.
  9. Last top with remaining pasta, more sauce, and more cheese.
  10. Bake until heated through around 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  11. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.

Notes

Tips

  • cook any kind of pasta you prefer al dente
  • use any brand of your favorite jarred or canned tomato sauce
  • bake the casserole just until the cheese melts
  • instead of ground beef add pepperoni
  • for a little heat add red pepper flakes to the sauce
  • use only Pecorino Romano and Parmesan blended cheese
  • omit the ricotta if using ravioli pasta


Pasta Suggestions

  1. rigatoni
  2. bowties
  3. mostaccioli
  4. penne
  5. seashells
  6. elbows
  7. spirals


Nutrition Facts

Calories

169.93

Fat (grams)

11.65 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.73 g

Carbs (grams)

5.2 g

Fiber (grams)

1.75 g

Net carbs

3.46 g

Sugar (grams)

2.23 g

Protein (grams)

11.85 g

Sodium (milligrams)

439.06 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

35.69 mg

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies.



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16 comments

  1. SO easy! What delicious comfort food for the season---my family would love it!!!

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  2. This sounds clever and tasty. Perfect comfort food for the colder temps.

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  3. I'm always looking for easy dishes to serve the kids. I think they'll love this one!

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  4. This really is a pretty pasta, those little bow ties are the most adorable pastas around. What a great comfort food.

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  5. What a great idea! I'm so ready for Fall and all the comfort foods!

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  6. You've got all the flavors of a lasagna without the precision! No one can say no to this!

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  7. This sounds like so much fun. Pasta lasagna sounds like something I could have everyday!

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  8. This is such a great alternative to lasagne. I BET the leftovers are amazing!

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  9. Smaller noodles are easier to manage to keep on the fork. What a great recipe for lasagna! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. This dish looks and sounds quite yummy. I've made "lasagna" with shells but never with bow ties. And homemade bow ties, where do I sign up?

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  11. Love this fun twist Claudia! It's especially perfect when I don't have lasagna noodles on hand! Yum-o!

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  12. Simply adore the one pan comfort food. And this recipe is fantastic where you get all the flavors of lasagna with the work. It is a win-win recipe.

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  13. Using bow tie in lasagna sounds clever. This is ultimate comfort food any day. Looks delicious!

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  14. My kids love bow tie pasta. This looks like comfort food and they would love it. I love cheesy lasagna. Yum!

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  15. I love this idea! Sounds a lot faster than regular lasagna but just as delicious :)

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