You’d be hard-pressed to find a better meal than baked pasta. It hits all the right notes: crispy, gooey, warm, filling and cheesy. Is there a better way to enjoy dinner? (Spoiler: There isn’t.) Preheat your oven and prepare yourself for a comfort food feast with these 50 delicious (and totally easy) baked pasta recipes.

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1. The Ultimate Pasta Pie

It looks super impressive, but it’s actually a cinch to assemble.

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2. Baked Gnocchi with Sausage, Kale and Pesto

The kale in this dish by Coterie member Maria Litchy makes it virtuous. (Right?)

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3. Pastitsio

Aka Greek-style lasagna stuffed with lamb and topped with béchamel. Sign us up.

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4. Easy One-Pan Baked Ziti

This effortless classic comes together in just an hour.

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5. Baked Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

We love gnocchi, especially when it’s ready in 30 minutes.

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6. Rigatoni Broccoli Rabe Bake

Psst…there’s red wine in the sauce.

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7. Sage Pumpkin Pasta Bake with Kale and Buttered Pecans

That pumpkin sauce tastes decadent, but it's healthier than you think. (It gets its creaminess from cottage cheese.)

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8. Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

It’s as amazing as it sounds.

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9. Spinach Ricotta Pasta Bake

We love the addition of fresh greens.

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10. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites

Just trade the skillet for a muffin pan. Helloooo, crispy edges.

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11. Ravioli Lasagna

Whether you use ravioli stuffed with meat, ricotta or mushrooms, one thing's for sure: The kids are going to ask for seconds.

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12. Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells

The vodka sauce is spiked with basil pesto and pumpkin purée.

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13. Sneaky Veggie Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

You had us at pecan breadcrumbs.

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14. Ranch Buffalo Pasta Bake

Sorry, mozzarella. Cheddar has this one covered.

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15. Instant Pot Vegetable Lasagna with Vegan Basil Ricotta

Chalk the vegan ricotta up to extra-firm tofu, nutritional yeast and miso paste.

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16. Ina Garten's Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Eggplant

Would the Barefoot Contessa ever lead you astray?

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17. Spinach and Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells

Loaded with Italian sausage and roasted red bell peppers.

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18. Cheesy White and Green Spinach Lasagna

Skip the tomato sauce—this dish is all about the fluffy ricotta, melted cheese and béchamel sauce.

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19. Butternut Squash Lasagna

Presenting, your guide to making a decadent baked pasta dish...minus the actual pasta.

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20. One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake

Your favorite cozy soup gets a carby makeover. (Did we mention the recipe calls for vino?)

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21. One-Pot, 30-Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

This dish uses ingredients you might not expect, like goat cheese and red enchilada sauce.

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22. Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta

Count on your kids begging for this dish at least once a week.

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23. Saucy Baked Pumpkin Pasta

It'd look pretty damn great on your Thanksgiving table.

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24. Buffalo Chicken Pasta

It cooks in just a half hour on the stove, but we'll definitely be popping it in the oven for a few minutes to get the top brown and crispy.

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25. Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust

Go the extra mile and roll the phyllo into tiny rosettes for a wow-worthy finished product.

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26. Green Goddess Lasagna

Even veggie-haters won't mind the green peppers, cremini mushrooms or asparagus, since they're tucked under goat cheese, mozzarella and béchamel.

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27. Baked Rigatoni Pasta

It doesn't get more classic than this meat sauce, made with both beef and Italian sausage.

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28. Baked Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta

Featuring three kinds of cheese—and the best use of frozen spinach we've ever seen.

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29. Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

Dinner for eight in under an hour? Impressive.

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30. Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Let's call a spade a spade. Cauliflower can do anything.

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31. Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Want to know a shortcut? Use frozen breaded chicken tenders to save time.

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32. Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey

Whole wheat pasta and lean ground turkey make up for all that ooey-gooey mozzarella.

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33. Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Sharp cheddar, Gruyere and Manchego? We'll be having seconds (and thirds).

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34. Enchilada Pasta

Complete with corn kernels, black beans, enchilada sauce and lots of Monterey Jack.

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35. Baked Spaghetti

We've never met a Bolognese we didn't like.

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36. Butternut Squash Parmesan

We'll take extra pine nuts, please.

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37. Baked Sausage and Cheese Rigatoni

The jarred marinara can be our little secret.

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38. Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Want to make it vegan? Swap cream cheese for hummus, heavy cream for coconut cream and Parmesan for nutritional yeast.

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39. Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

A delicious far cry from the gloopy concoction you were served as a kid.

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40. Caramelized Onion Spinach Chicken Pasta Bake

Sure, it's packed with protein. But we're really in it for the garlic-Parmesan sauce.

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41. Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

There's nothing diet-friendly about this, but we're totally OK with that.

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42. Spinach Bacon Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Might we suggest topping it off with crispy baked pumpkin seeds?

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43. Vegetable Skillet Lasagna

Spiralize the carrots and zucchini to make your own vegetable noodles.

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44. Baked Ziti with Spinach and Mushrooms

Best part? The ziti cooks in the skillet with the rest of the ingredients—no boiling required.

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45. Taco Chili Pasta Bake

Canned ingredients make cooking dinner a breeze, and this recipe calls for creamed corn, diced tomatoes, red kidney beans and green chiles.

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46. Cheesy Baked Macaroni with White Beans and Bacon

Chopped basil and oregano give this dish the touch of freshness it needs.

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47. Baked Pesto Bucatini with Burst Tomatoes

The pesto is made with traditional basil and pine nuts, but you can really use any greens or nuts that you have.

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48. Melted Zucchini Baked Ziti

Because yes, summer pasta bakes are a thing.

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49. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Two comfort food titans, one decadent dinner.

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50. Pizza Baked Ziti

Go ahead, lay the pepperoni on thick.

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