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Pasta Bake Recipe

Pasta Bake is a deliciously cheesy meal, perfect for any night, and one that the whole family will love and devour in no time!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Lil' Luna


  • 12 ounces penne pasta about 3 cups
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, or slightly underdone. Drain and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat to warm, but do not let it simmer.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir for 1–2 minutes, until butter-flour mixture is golden. Slowly whisk in warm milk. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook, whisking often, until thickened, about 10 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  • Add heavy cream, ½ cup shredded Parmesan, and ½ cup Swiss cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Combine pasta with cheese sauce and pour into a buttered 9-x-13-inch baking dish. Top with remaining ½ cup shredded Parmesan and , ½ cup Swiss cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 10–15 minutes.
  • Remove foil and continue baking until cheese is golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 5–10 minutes before serving.



Make Ahead: Assemble the pasta, cover tightly with foil, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before baking.
Variations: Crumbled bacon, diced cooked chicken, chopped chicken sausage and
vegetables like chopped broccoli or bell peppers make great additions.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 773IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 1mg