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Cheesy Oven Pasta

  • Author: Gaby
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This comforting dish features al dente pasta tossed in a creamy garlic sauce, with salty hints of Parmesan. The whole thing is gratinated in the oven, forming a crisp, golden mozzarella crust. A simple, balanced combination of flavors that invites you to savor every bite.


Units Scale
  • 8 ounces rigatoni
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1 ounce butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan
  • 2 ounces Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook the pasta: In a large pot, cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Before draining, reserve some cooking water. Drain and set aside.
  3. Sauté the garlic: In a frying pan, melt the butter in olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic cloves and sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant. Be careful not to let the garlic brown.
  4. Add heavy cream: Pour in the heavy cream and stir. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat.
  5. Season and add cheese: Season the creamy sauce with salt, black pepper, and basil. Gradually stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is smooth.
  6. Combine pasta and sauce: Add the cooked pasta to the creamy sauce. If needed, use the reserved pasta cooking water to adjust the sauce's consistency. Stir to ensure that the pasta is well coated with the sauce.
  7. Top with Mozzarella: Place the pasta in an ovenproof dish, then sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese on top.
  8. Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned, and the cheese is bubbly and melted. It's ready, allow it to cool briefly, and then serve. Enjoy your meal!


Cheesy sauce : Add the grated cheese a little at a time to the hot sauce so that it mixes evenly. Be careful not to boil the sauce, as this may cause the fat to separate from the cheese. Stir regularly to prevent the sauce from burning at the bottom of the pan. For a touch of originality, you can add fresh herbs or spices to enhance the flavor.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: European

Keywords: Cheesy pasta, Baked cheese pasta, Oven pasta