Pasta Bake Recipe

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Another Wednesday, another awesome recipe.  Can’t wait to share with you guys!

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

As always, go check out Jen’s blog for more WIAW fun!



Whole-wheat bagel with pumpkin spice cream cheese.  Yum!

(Served with a glass of 1% milk)




A salad with Caesar dressing, plus a flatbread pizza topped with turkey pepperoni, banana peppers, and basil. 

I seriously think I could live off of these flatbread pizzas.



An easy pasta bake (recipe below), served with a side of garlic bread.



Half of each of these delicious cupcakes.  At my church community group last week, we had cupcakes from Cuppalicious Specialty Cupcakes.

People, if you live in Atlanta, order these cupcakes!  They had some of the most amazing flavors, including S’mores, Brown Sugar Maple Bacon (I had one of those at the event, and it was my favorite!), and Salted Caramel.

In the picture above, the cupcake on the left is Peanut Butter Cup, and the one on the right is Spiced Pumpkin.  Both were incredible.  Seriously.  Some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten! 


Recipe time! Thumbs up

Tomato and Basil Pasta Bake

Serves 6-8

(Adapted from this recipe)


  • 1 pound of small shell pasta
  • Approx. 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Approx. 14 leaves of basil – cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup of basil pesto sauce
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to boxed instructions, but cook for a minute or two less than the normal time.  With a minute left in cooking time, add the spinach leaves.  Drain the mixture.
  3. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a pan over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and sauté for about a minute, until fragrant.  Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.  Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until the pasta is finished cooking.  Then add the fresh basil right before you take the mixture off of the heat.
  4. After pasta and spinach mixture is drained, add it to a 13×9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Top the pasta with pesto and ricotta cheese and mix until combined.
  5. Add tomato mixture and spread on top of pasta.
  6. Top the entire thing with mozzarella cheese. 
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 15 minutes.  Uncover and let bake for another 5 minutes, until cheese is slightly brown.
  8. Enjoy!




This dish was warm and comforting on a chilly fall evening.


I loved that this meal incorporated all of my favorite Italian ingredients: melty cheese, pesto, tomato sauce, garlic, and basil.  Yum!


Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did!

Question for ya …

Best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Have you ever tried pumpkin cream cheese?

Which flavor of cupcake would you have chosen?

Do you have a meal or food that you could eat every day?

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20 Responses to Pasta Bake Recipe

  1. Jessie

    Oh girl, your pasta dish sounds and looks delicious! I want to dig into it right now!

    Best thing I’ve eaten: Breakfast this morning (overnight apple pie oats)

    Food I can eat everyday: Broccoli & ketchup!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      broccoli and ketchup?? whhhaaa?

      • Jessie

        ha ha ha i know it sounds odd, but it’s good!! Try it, I promise you you’ll love it :)
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  2. Angela @ Health's Angel

    That pasta bake sounds great. I love anything that incorporates caprese! I think I’d have such a hard time choosing one of those cupcakes I’d just have to sample a little of each one. ;)
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  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    You just can’t beat a pasta bake in my book + this one looks great!
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  4. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    I still need to make a flatbread pizza! Yours always look so yummy! Those cupcakes look delic, although I would have wanted a bite of each kind, the pumpkin and the salted caramel are calling my name ! :)
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  5. Laurie @Love, Laugh, Laurie

    I love bakes, and this one looks right up my alley!
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  6. Kat

    gah that pasta!! Im such a pasta fan, but my hubby could care less for it!! So basically its my meal when he’s out of town or going out to eat with a friend lol
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  7. Eating 4 Balance

    The best thing I’ve eaten this week is acorn squash. That pasta bake would have been my favorite :)

    I’m allergic to milk, but my family loves pumpkin cream cheese!! I think it would be great on top of pumpkin spice bagels.

    I would have chosen the cupcakes that you did. Good choice!

    I can’t go a day without chicken :)
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  8. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    Yum! That pasta bake looks delicious! My grandmother makes something similar, and I always love it. Those cupcakes sound soooo good! I would’ve been all about the peanut butter cup. ;)
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  9. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana

    Mmm…that pumpkin cream cheese sounds amazing! I had some pumpkin bread this week, topped it with cream cheese and pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s, it was SO good!

    I’m going to have to tell my friend about that cupcake place! I adore cupcakes…used to always go for the chocolate ones, but now for some reason I’m loving the vanilla and fruit flavors :)
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  10. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I need to get up on that flatbread pizza. So simple and easy!
    Brown Sugar Maple Bacon?? yes please!
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  11. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Your flatbread pizzas always looks so good…but so does that pasta bake. I want to try it!
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  12. Lauren

    Have you made your own sauce? I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a proper red sauce.

  13. The Squishy Monster

    That looks like some incredibly easy and delicious pasta!!
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  14. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    OMG, that pumpkin cupcake looks amazing (as does the pasta bake)!
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  15. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    That pasta bake looks like comfort in a bowl. [On a plate? I guess it is just me that only eats out of bowls...]

    I always say I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I see those cupcakes and it makes me change my mind just a little. Just a little.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I haven’t had a major sweet tooth since getting pregnant, either … but these cupcakes were ah-mazing.

  16. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Everything here looks so good! Truth – I saw this post last night and seriously debated going into my kitchen at 11:30 PM and making pasta. My mouth was watering! Definitely gonna have to try that :) Did your cravings change at all this week?
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well, I did suddenly crave KFC last night (which my mom said she always craved when she was pregnant with me), so I went and got myself some fried chicken and mashed potatoes haha!! But other than that, I’ve been trying to eat fairly normal!

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