Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake Recipe

Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake Recipe!

Sometimes a pasta bake recipe is long, complicated, and by the time you’re done you have 4 bowls, 3 pans, and a disaster for a kitchen. This cheesy alfredo pasta bake recipe is not only fast, it’s SO easy! Everything is made in the same skillet, except the pasta. But you could just use no-boil pasta noodles and skip that step too! Magical. And delicious. And less mess!

This is one of my favorite weeknight meals. It is filling and easy to put together if you have limited ingredients on hand. I don’t use any crazy cheeses either, just parm, ricotta, and mozzarella. All cheese that you would have on hand!

Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake Recipe!

I do recommend purchasing quality cheese and grating it yourself though. I find that it melts much better, sometimes pre-grated cheese becomes clumpy and doesn’t melt properly. But if that’s all you have on hand, give it a go! Since you’re baking it, even if there are clumps it should melt more fully in the oven.

The oven temperature is really high in this recipe, it’s supposed to be! Basically you are just heating everything through and melting the cheese on top. The cooking time is quick, so it all works out to give you a lovely bubbly crust with a creamy pasta center.

Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake Recipe!

I use a leek in this recipe, and if you’re unsure where to purchase one, most grocery stores carry them. half of a regular onion or shallot can be substituted but I LOVE the flavor of leek in this recipe. Leeks are similar to onions but have a slight anise {licorice} flavor. Don’t let that sway you, it isn’t like the candy licorice. It’s very subtle and slightly sharp and bitter. It pairs really well with the creamy sauce and bacon. Give it a try!

Leeks grow in layers that trap the soil easily. Because of this it’s best to chop them {you only use the white and light green parts} and then give them a good rinse in a colander. I find that’s the best way to get rid of any residual grit.

This cheesy alfredo pasta bake recipe is made all in one skillet and only takes 25 minutes from start to finish. Bubbly cheese on the outside, creamy cheesy pasta on the inside.

I always have bacon in my fridge, and it’s easy to find, but if you have easy access to pancetta that would be a beautiful substitution for this recipe. Leeks + cream + pancetta = heaven!

Looking for a meat sauce pasta bake? Or maybe just an alfredo sauce recipe? I got ya covered.

Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake Recipe

Yields 4-6 servings

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta, cooked just shy of al dente
  • 4 strips bacon (or pancetta, see note)
  • 1 leek, minced fine (see note)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. Boil pasta until just shy of al dente. While pasta is cooking, prepare sauce.
  3. In a large skillet, cook bacon on medium low heat until it is slightly chewy. Remove from pan. It will crisp up when the pasta bake goes into the oven.
  4. Remove all but 2 tablespoons grease from pan.
  5. Add leek and cook until starting to soften, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  7. Add half and half and cream, bring to a simmer.
  8. Add parmesan and ricotta, stir until melted and combined.
  9. Add nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  11. Stir in pasta and smooth out the top surface.
  12. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top of the pasta.
  13. Roughly chop bacon and sprinkle evenly over the mozzarella.
  14. Place on middle rack in a preheated oven and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden brown and bubbly.
  15. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Notes

• Pancetta can be substituted for bacon, cook it according to recipe directions as you would the bacon.

• Only use the white and light green part of the leek. Leeks are easiest to wash after they have been chopped. Chop according to recipe directions, place in colander, and rinse until clean. Otherwise grit can get caught between the layers.

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2 Comments

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    Kathleen Colarusso
    April 18, 2017 at 4:26 PM Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake recipe was delicious! I used bacon and baked easter ham leftovers with shallots,onions and all rest of ingredients. Had no leek, but it didn't matter much. With all the cheeses, it was terrific!!!!! Thanks for recipe! Kathy
    • Reply
      Alli
      April 19, 2017 at 12:56 PM I'm so glad you liked it Kathy! Ham sounds fantastic in this. Thanks for giving this recipe a try!

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