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.

6 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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