Three-Cheese Baked Pasta Recipe

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Chloé March 10, 2021

How To Make Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

With mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta, amp your baked pasta game with this easy recipe for the cheesiest dish that will surely be a new family favorite.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • ¼cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 4red bell peppers
  • 1large onion
  • 6clovesgarlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper,as needed
  • 1tspchipotle powder
  • 28ozplum tomatoes,(1 can)
  • 3cupsfresh ricotta cheese
  • ¾cupparmesan cheese,freshly grated
  • ½cupfresh mozzarella,shredded
  • 1lbtrenne pasta,or rigatoni
  • 1tbspunsalted butter,melted

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized, enameled, cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Add the peppers, onion, halved garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes until the vegetables soften.

  2. Add the chipotle powder and cook uncovered, stirring, for 5 minutes until the vegetables are lightly browned.

  3. Add the tomatoes and their juices, cover, and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Scrape the sauce into a food processor and puree. Wipe out the casserole. Strain the sauce into it and season with salt; keep warm.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 10×14-inch glass baking dish. In a bowl, mix the ricotta with minced garlic, ½ cup of Parmesan, and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  5. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until almost al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot, then toss with 2 cups of the sauce.

  6. Spread the pasta in the baking dish, then spread the ricotta mixture on top and drizzle with the melted butter. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top. Cover the pasta with foil and bake for 25 minutes, or until hot.

  7. Preheat the broiler. Uncover the pasta and broil 4 inches from the heat for 2 minutes, or until the topping is evenly browned.

  8. Let stand for 5 minutes, then serve with the remaining sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 761.38kcal
  • Fat: 35.70g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.33g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.77g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.33g
  • Carbohydrates: 75.42g
  • Fiber: 6.68g
  • Sugar: 10.54g
  • Protein: 35.18g
  • Cholesterol: 88.34mg
  • Sodium: 1117.17mg
  • Calcium: 578.66mg
  • Potassium: 881.12mg
  • Iron: 2.72mg
  • Vitamin A: 407.35µg
  • Vitamin C: 122.22mg
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