I’m going to tell you the best reason you should make this Single Serve Cheesy Pasta Bake. Ready? It’s all made in one dish. Thats right, the sauce, uncooked pasta, veggies and cheeze go into the dish, then you bake it and eat it… all in the same dish! No boiling a pot of water first, no extra dishes. It really is that simple! They’re small (obviously), cheesy, perfectly cooked and have so much creamy tomato flavour. I mean, this isn’t just your regular ol pasta bake. This is next level GOOD. And next level EASY! It does take a while to bake, but the good news is this recipe is mostly baking time. Once you throw everything in the dish and put it in the oven, you have about an hour of free time to spend however you need! So even though its not quick, it IS a good weeknight dinner because its so easy and gives you time to unwind after getting home before you sit down to eat.
So why did I create this Single Serve Cheesy Pasta Bake recipe? It was actually a random Pinterest post that caught my eye. I watched someone do a pasta bake where everything was done in the casserole dish and I was shocked they didn’t have to cook the pasta first! With the right liquid to pasta ratio, you get a perfectly cooked, not mushy or dry pasta bake. It’s heaven!
A few things to note about this Single Serve Cheesy Pasta Bake…
First, you can use any type of short pasta for this (examples, rigatoni, penne, macaroni, shells) but just don’t try to use spaghetti or something huge!
Second, if you live alone you can make this recipe as-is, but if you have a parter, simply double it. If you’re feeding a family, just quadruple it! If you make enough servings you could probably do it in a baking dish instead of individual ramekins. All I’m saying is, this is easy peasy!
Third, the size of this does matter… kind of. You want the volume your dish holds to be around 1-1/4 cups. French onion soup dishes are what we used here. You can find them at thrift stores, online, or maybe even from your parents (that’s where we got ours!) You can also use a regular ramekin without the handle. If you make enough servings you could probably do it in a baking dish instead of individual ramekins. I haven’t tried that yet, but I’m guessing I’ll get messages about that so I thought I would mention it.
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