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Easy Marinara Pasta Bake

We are a big fan of easy, healthy recipes! This marinara pasta bake couldn’t get any easier! It takes about 10-15 minutes to prep, and then you just let it bake! When my husband and I want to work out in the evening after work or just relax, or if you have kiddos to watch after, this is a perfect recipe. You can even let the kids help you with since it’s short and easy. They would love combining the ingredients into the bowl. Or if you’re like me, I don’t have any children, but I like how quick and easy it is to prepare.

This recipe serves 4-5 people so it’s great for a whole family, but it also is delicious as leftovers! We usually eat our marinara pasta bake for two nights in a row, and it just gets more flavorful as it sits. It’s also a very kid friendly recipe. Baked pasta is always fun for kids to eat, and it’s a healthy recipe! Note: You may not want to include the red pepper flakes if you’re making this for children. It adds a little kick to it.



20 oz penne pasta, uncooked

4 14.5 oz cans crushed tomatoes

4 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced

1/8 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp dried oregano

1 ½ Tpsp dried basil

4 tsp minced garlic

1 ½ tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup water

1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Fresh basil for garnish (optional)



Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.


If you bought diced tomatoes as opposed to the crushed tomatoes, blend the diced tomatoes.


In a large bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes, water, olive oil, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and uncooked pasta.


Pour the mixture into a 9″ x 13″ pan.


Slice the tomatoes and layer them on top of the pasta mixture. Bake for 45 minutes.


Serve and garnish with fresh basil.


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