Pasta Bake

Heather Burns


My brother-in-law is 17 years old and will eat this until he is sick. He loves it as does everyone else that tries it. I love it too, which is why I don't make it as often as my brother-in-law would like. You can add different items to this recipe and less of others as long as you don't forget to add the love it always turns out delicious.

★★★★★ 2 votes
20 Min
1 Hr 10 Min



8 oz
bowtie pasta
8 oz
variety pasta or penne
1 jar(s)
pasta sauce (francesco rinaldi)
3/4 can(s)
black olives sliced or whole (garnish)
8 oz
cheese (mild cheddar or colby jack)
1 lb
hamburer meat browned


1 Tbsp
garlic powder
1 Tbsp
onlion powder
1 Tbsp
italian seasoning
1 pinch
? dash(es)
parmesan cheese (garnish)
1 tsp
olive oil (for water)
1 pinch
salt (for water)

How to Make Pasta Bake


  • 1Bring 3qts of Water to a Boil. Add 1 tsp olive oil and a dash of salt to water.
  • 2Compare Pasta Cooking times for Aldente texture. Add Pasta that takes longest first then add the second Pasta type accordingly (usually 2-4 minutes later).
  • 3Begin Browning Hamburger Meat in a large skillet adding spices (garlic, onion and italian seasonings) while raw.
  • 4Pre-Heat Oven to 400 degrees. Shred Cheese and set aside for layers. Slice or leave Whole 3/4 can of Olives. I usually snack on the other 1/4 of the can while cooking. :) Check that the Pasta does NOT become overcooked. Drain and set aside.
  • 5In a deep casserole dish, add a layer of Aldente Pasta not to exceed 1/4 of the dish's depth. Try to arrange pasta so you cannot see the bottom of the dish. Add a thin layer of Shredded Cheese. Once Hamburger is browned (but not overcooked), drain well and add a layer over shredded cheese.
  • 6In a large mixing bowl, add pasta sauce and remainder of Hamburger meat and a pinch (or two) of sugar and mix well. Once mixed, add a layer (about half of sauce mixture) above Hamburger in dish. Add a layer of Shredded Cheese (thiker than first layer) above Sauce Mixture.
  • 7Add Pasta layer over sauce arranging them so you cannot see much of the layer below (cheese or sauce). Add remaining Sauce Mixture over Pasta and cover with remaining Shredded Cheese. Top with Olives and sprinkle the top evenly with Parmesan Cheese.
  • 8Bake on top oven rack until cheese is browned and bubbly. Serve not to immediately as it will be volcanic in temperature.

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About Pasta Bake

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian