Craving a rich, cheesy, baked pasta? Us, too. Because sometimes the comfort of cheese-enveloped carbs transfers beyond the immediate tangible satisfaction to something more deeply sustaining.


A white round baking dish filled with baked ziti and topped with melted cheese, and a dish of Parmesan on the side.
Stacey Tyzzer
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Baked Ziti

This baked ziti, made with Italian sausage as well as pepperoni and pancetta or bacon along with two types of cheeses and a homemade tomato sauce is rich, indulgent, and comforting in the best possible way.
A cheesy baked spaghetti casserole in a cast-iron skillet.
Dylan James Ho & Jeni Afuso
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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

This cheesy baked spaghetti, made with pasta, tomatoes, ground beef or Italian sausage, mozzarella, and Pecorino Romano is a true one-pan wonder that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters at your table.
A metal casserole dish filled with a cooked lasagna Bolognese, with three forks and a stack of plates beside it.
Joseph De Leo
3 of 10

Lasagne Bolognese

This lasagne bolognese from Giuliano Hazan is as authentic as it gets.
A cast iron skillet filled with baked macaroni and cheese.
Johnson Rauhoff
4 of 10

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is the best and easy to make. The bread crumbs on top and creamy comfort food underneath are proof that homemade tastes infinitely better than that store-bought stuff in the blue box. Here’s how to make it.
Three round casserole dishes filled with baked pasta with tomatoes and eggplant.
Quentin Bacon
5 of 10

Baked Pasta with Tomatoes & Eggplant

These are what you'd call "two-fers." No one loves reheating something they served for dinner a second day, but with two-fers, the leftovers become something totally different. This is one of those recipes: you make the tomato and eggplant soup for dinner one night and use the leftover soup as a pasta sauce the next.
A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs
Carl Tremblay
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Baked Mac and Cheese with Bread Crumbs

This baked macaroni and cheese boasts all the cheesy goodness of the usual American classic but with the spectacular addition of crunchy, buttery crumbs on top as well as the bonus points that it can be prepared in advance. What’s not to love?!
Three personal pan lasagnas in glass dishes.
Marcus Nilsson
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Personal Pan Lasagna

This personal pan lasagna is a mini and magnificent combination of store-bought ravioli, pasta sauce, and cheese. Consider it an easy cheater’s lasagna. And you won’t care what it’s called as soon as you taste this individual lasagna made with no ricotta.
A white dish with a partially cut spaghetti pie, two paper plates with slices of spaghetti pie, a pizza cutter, napkins, and two cans of beer.
Evan Sung
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Spaghetti Pie

A quick, easy, inexpensive, and kid-friendly dinner? Yes, please! Made with pasta, spaghetti sauce, a couple of eggs, and cheese, it's sure to be a hit.
A white dish of macaroni gratin with a fork resting inside.
Christopher Hirsheimer
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Macaroni Gratin

This macaroni gratin, made with pasta, bacon, and two types of cheese, is no ordinary mac and cheese. It’s sublimely rich and ridiculously comforting. Definitely not something we’d kick out of bed. Here’s how to make it.
Oval dish with noodle kugel, a cheese and pepper casserole with fettuccine and ricotta and Pecorino cheeses baked golden.
Evan Sung
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Noodle Kugel

This modern take on noodle kugel combines the flavors of Rome's famous pasta dish with the comfort of a rich baked kugel. Cooked linguine is mixed with ricotta, mascarpone, Pecorino Romano, and plenty of black pepper and baked until crisp and golden.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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