Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chef Chuck's Baked Pasta

Pasta al Forno

A pasta dish baked with all that cheesy goodness and my favorite part, the crunchy top. Having all the fresh herbs in the marinara sauce enhanced this dish. I used penne pasta you could use rigatoni or mostaccioli or a similiar pasta.

Baked Pasta

1 pound penne pasta
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
1 cup parmigiano cheese, grated
2 cans tomato sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan heat olive oil add tomato paste and brown for 2 minutes. Add garlic stirring for 30 seconds then add sauce, all fresh organic herbs, salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Heat a large pot of salted water and cook pasta al dente, drain and place in a baking dish. Pour sauce over pasta and mix with mozzarella and parmigiano cheese. Top with a sprinkling of parmigiano cheese on top and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.


  1. This is one of my comfort food favs... yours just looks a heck of a lot prettier than mine! Janet

  2. Who wouldn't love this? This is comfort food at its best.

  3. Hi LaDue, Comfort food it is!! Thanks

  4. Hi Chow Chow Linda, So true! Thank You

  5. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm excited to check out yours! Your pasta looks wonderful!

  6. Hi Michele, Your very welcome, glad you like!!
    Thank You