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3-Ingredient Baked Pasta Recipe

  • Author: maria
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This 3-ingredient baked pasta is the epitome of simplicity and taste. With just pasta, sauce, and cheese, you can whip up a comforting meal that's perfect for busy weeknights or when you need a satisfying dish without the fuss.



  • 1 lb pasta (such as penne, rigatoni, or shells)
  • 24 oz jar of marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions until just under al dente; drain.
  3. In a baking dish, mix the cooked pasta with marinara sauce.
  4. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  6. Serve hot.


  • Enhance the dish by adding herbs like basil or oregano, or spices like red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Consider adding cooked ground meat or vegetables to the sauce for a heartier dish.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of the dish
  • Calories: 410
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 580 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg

Keywords: easy baked pasta, 3-ingredient recipe, quick pasta dinner