Simple Baked Pasta With Bolognese Sauce

Simple baked pasta with bolognese sauce

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
598 Calories
26g Fat
58g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 598
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1119mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 32g
Calcium 586mg 45%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

An Italian, red sauce-y, baked pasta dish is a hearty meal on a chilly night. This one is kind of like an unstructured lasagna. You can use any meat sauce (or even a vegetarian tomato sauce) in place of the bolognese. Just make a simple green salad and you are good to go. 

You can use rigatoni, ziti, penne, whatever you like for the pasta–let your kid pick the shape. Kids can also measure the ingredients, and slightly older kids can grate the mozzarella. Add some red pepper flakes if you want a bit of a kick.

You can assemble this dish in the morning or even the night before and keep it in the fridge, then bake it right before serving.


  • 1/2 pound dried pasta (short tubular)
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried )
  • Salt and ground pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups bolognese sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese (grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

  3. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions.

  4. While the pasta is cooking mix together the ricotta, oregano, basil, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.

  5. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the bolognese sauce and stir to combine. Transfer the pasta to a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Spoon tablespoons of the ricotta mixture over the top of the pasta, tucking it down into the pasta slightly. Sprinkle the top with the grated mozzarella.

  6. Bake the casserole for about 30 minutes until everything is hot and the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown. 

  7. Serve hot and enjoy!