Cheesy pasta dishes are great comfort food. They’re filling, and delicious, and they go well with almost anything.
If you want to add some variety to your pasta repertoire, these 28 recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Pasta dishes are versatile and can be prepared using a wide range of ingredients. These include cheese, meat, vegetables, herbs, spices, and other seasonings.
There are also plenty of ways to prepare them. Some are quick and easy, while others take time and effort.
1. Baked Cheesy Shrimp Pasta
Shrimp scampi is one of those dishes that are always popular. But it doesn’t take much effort to make it delicious. This recipe combines both flavors into one, making it easier than ever to enjoy!
2. Lasagna Ragu
This simple, six-ingredient recipe makes lasagna that tastes like it took hours to prepare. You’ll love how easy it is to throw together. And you won’t miss the extra ingredients that usually go into lasagna.
3. Baked Cheese Ravioli
Ravioli are one of those foods that everyone loves. Whether it’s lasagna, manicotti, stuffed shells, or even ravioli, there’s no denying how much people love them.
But did you know that many versions of ravioli exist? For example, there are both savory and sweet varieties, and you can use almost anything to fill them.
4. Cheesy Macaroni And Beef Casserole
Macaroni and cheese are one of those foods we just love because it tastes good. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than a simple dish that hits the spot.
5. Baked Cheese Tortellini
Tortellini is one of our favorite foods, but we never thought it could be enhanced with some extra flavor. However, baking it with onions and ground beef makes it so much better! The gooey cheese topping adds another dimension.
6. Cheese And Veggie Baked Rigatoni
You can make this recipe vegetarian by replacing the chicken broth with vegetable stock.
To add even more veggies to the mix, try substituting the rigatoni noodles for whole wheat penne, fusilli, rotini, or spiralized vegetables like sweet potato or carrots.
7. Baked Cheese Gnocchi
The gnocchi has the classic gnocchi texture that we love. Plus, it’s got a little kick thanks to the addition of red bell peppers.
8. Macaroni And Cheese
If you haven’t tried Patti LaBelle’s mac-n-cheese, you’re missing out. This dish is a staple in our house. We love how she combines cheese, pasta, bacon, onions, green peppers, and garlic into one amazing meal.
9. Sausage And Cheese Pasta Bake
This recipe is a great example of how adding just one ingredient can make a big difference. A few key ingredients are cayenne pepper, red peppers, garlic, salt, and olive oil.
You don’t want to overdo it with the spices, though; too much heat can ruin the flavor.
10. Cheesy And Easy Rigatoni Pie
Cheese is one of those things we just don’t think about often enough.
We eat it every day without giving it a second thought. But cheese makes everything better—it’s the secret ingredient that brings out the best flavors in food.
11. Ricotta And Spinach Cheesy Pasta Bake
A delicious spin on classic macaroni and cheese, this baked version features ricotta cheese, Parmesan, mozzarella, spinach, and garlic.
You’ll love how it tastes, and feel great about eating something healthy while still having fun.
12. Feta Pasta Bake
This recipe combines those qualities with fresh, sweet cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and just a touch of garlic and herbs. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how quickly it cooks.
13. Pasta Penne Bake
This recipe alone actually tastes exactly the same as cheesy baked spaghetti. But, you use different pasta.
Both of the options are incredible, although we prefer penne pasta because it holds up better during baking.
14. Creamy Marinara Cheese Tortellini
For this version, we added some fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese to give our sauce a kick.
We used penne rigate because we love how thin and chewy they are—but feel free to use whatever shape you prefer.
15. Mushroom Style Pasta With Creamy Goat Cheese
This simple dish is one of our favorites because it combines flavors that are both rich and light. We love how you can make something super delicious and healthy at the same time.
This pasta is packed full of mushrooms, herbs, and garlic, which makes it taste like a fancy meal.
16. Greek Yogurt Mac And Cheese
This creamy mac and cheese recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of milk. You’ll find that the mixture turns out perfectly smooth and creamy, thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt.
This version of macaroni and cheese is healthier because you’re using low-fat cheeses, and it tastes just like the real thing.
17. Ricotta Vegetable Lasagna
This recipe is perfect for those looking for a meatless meal without sacrificing flavor.
With a rich tomato sauce, chewy noodles, and a filling of spinach ricotta cheese, you’ll find yourself craving this dish again and again.
18. Stuffed Cheese Shells
Stuffed shells are a classic dish, but making them can seem like a lot of work. This version cuts out some of the steps while keeping the flavor and texture intact. Plus, you’ll have leftovers for days.
19. Baked Rigatoni Pasta
This one’s been around a while, but we just discovered it recently. This is a great way to use up leftover rigatoni noodles. There are no measurements here because it’s really just a matter of taste.
You’ll want to start out with about 3 cups of pasta, depending on how many people you’re serving.
20. Double Cheese Mac and Cheese
It’s easy enough to whip up a batch of creamy pasta goodness in minutes — just add some milk and cheese and you’re good to go.
21. Easy Baked Ziti
This is one of those dishes you’ll want to make over and over again.
With just four ingredients—ricotta cheese, tomatoes, garlic, and pasta—you can whip up a crowd-pleasing casserole that’s both comforting and delicious.
22. Lemon Ricotta Style Pasta
We’ve got you covered for a quick dinner! In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious bowl of pasta that tastes like it took hours to make. And best of all, it’s super easy to throw together.
23. Burrata Pasta
The humble burrata cheese is one of the world’s great cheeses. Its soft texture makes it perfect for melting, spreading, grating, shaving, shredding, and popping.
But there are few things better than eating it straight out of the container. And what could be easier than making a quick pasta dish like this?
24. Pesto Mac And Cheese
Oh hey there, creamy pesto sauce! This seriously cozy comfort food recipe is just as gooey sauces as it looks, and swirling in a swirl of bright green pesto is a total genius move.
This mac and cheese feature Havarti cheese for ultra creaminess.
25. Creamy Cavatappi Cheese Pasta
This creamy cavatappi dish is perfect for a weeknight meal because it takes just 30 minutes to make, and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen!
It’s hearty enough for dinner, but light enough to serve for lunch. You’ll love how easy it is to whip up and enjoy over the weekend with friends and family.
26. Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta
This 20-minute creamy goat cheese pasta recipe is so tangy and delicious, you’ll want to make it again and again.
You can use regular or whole wheat pasta, but we prefer penne because it holds up better to the rich sauce.
27. Creamy White Sauce Pasta
The base of the sauce is a simple white sauce made with canned cannelloni beans and garlic powder.
Topped off with some Parmesan cheese and served over spaghetti squash, this dish makes for a filling meal.
28. Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta
There are few things better than having a bowl of warm, cheesy pasta topped off with crispy roasted butternut squash.
This recipe takes advantage of the versatility of both ingredients while still keeping the dish light and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Bake Mac And Cheese?
This stove-top macaroni and cheese recipe calls for no special equipment, just a few ingredients, and a little elbow grease.
If you want to make it even easier, you can simply preheat the oven while making the pasta sauce, then bake the casserole once the pasta is done.
How Do You Store Mac And Cheese?
Keep Leftovers Cold
The best way to keep mac and cheese warm is to reheat it in the oven. If you want to avoid heating the entire batch, just heat the individual portions.
Freeze Leftover Mac And Cheese
If you don’t plan on eating the mac and cheese within the next few days, consider freezing it.
Simply allow the mac and cheese to come to room temperature, pour it into a baking dish, cover it with plastic wrap, label it with the date, and place it in the freezer.
There are many ways to enjoy cheese pasta recipes, and these recipes will help you create your favorite versions at home.
Whether you’re looking for a classic recipe or something new and exciting, these recipes have all the bases covered.
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