15 Family-Friendly Pasta Casseroles
Sometimes the whole family needs a meal that will fill their bellies and warm their souls. That's when you'll want to dig into some world-class comfort food and nothing is better than a bubbling baked pasta casserole. These easy to make one-pot meals allow you to feed a crowd family-style, without a lot of fuss. Each recipe is short on time and prep, but long on flavor. When you're in the mood for something warm, cheesy, or just plain full of carbs, grab some pasta and you're on your way to making a crave-worthy meal.
Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese
A combination of processed, Cheddar, and Swiss cheeses ensures a super gooey cheesy mac and cheese in this popular recipe. A bit of minced onion adds extra flavor to this very classic version of a family favorite dish.
Spaghetti combined with margarine, eggs, and Parmesan cheese form the "crust" of this pie, and the filling is cheese, beef, and tomato sauce, with a topping of mozzarella. Recipe reviewer Mab 178 says, "This is the definition of what great comfort food should be."
Tuna Noodle Casserole
This famous Italian casserole relies on Italian sausage and a combination of Italian seasoning, fennel, and nutmeg to boost the flavor. You can prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake it.
Chicken Alfredo Bake
A rotisserie chicken and a rich creamy alfredo style cheese sauce blended with penne make an irresistible combination in this filling casserole. Recipe creator The Daily Gourmet suggests serving it with garlic bread and a green salad for a no-fuss weeknight meal.
Just four ingredients come together in this dish—ground beef, rotini pasta, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella. Reminiscent of lasagna, but a whole less work to make, this casserole is perfect when you're short on time but craving comfort.
Cheeseburger Noodle Casserole
Cheddar and ground beef give this spaghetti casserole its cheeseburger twist. A packet of onion soup mix and sour cream add flavor and richness. Recipe reviewer Janrit says, "Family loved it. Used bowtie pasta and added an extra can of petite diced tomatoes."
Layered like lasagna, this hearty casserole is a bubbling wonder of meaty spaghetti sauce, ziti noodles, and a creamy cheese blend. Recipe reviewer Jillian says, "Simply delicious! This is very easy to throw together and perfect for a hearty weeknight meal."
There are only 6 ingredients in this comforting baked entree that satisfies a craving for both pizza and pasta. Raves recipe reviewer Runner Jenn, "This was VERY easy to make and tasted great! My husband and five-year-old son absolutely loved it!"
Chicken and Noodle Casserole
This great one-pot dish combines chicken, canned soup, frozen vegetables, egg noodles, and plenty of cheese for a truly comforting meal. If your family doesn't like broccoli, you can use almost any other vegetable you prefer instead, either cooked or frozen.
Beefy Baked Ravioli
Chicken Fajita Pasta Bake
Created with pantry staples, this Mexican inspired casserole has plenty of vegetables and can be adapted based on what you have available. Recipe creator Sharon M says a Mexican cheese blend can be substituted for the Cheddar cheese.
Spaghetti and meat sauce get the millionaire treatment with plenty of gooey cheese to make a spectacular casserole. Slices of butter keep the casserole from sticking to the pan and also add richness. Feel free to add a dash of Italian seasoning or garlic as some recipe reviewers suggest.
Easy Tuna Casserole
This tuna noodle casserole has only five ingredients and bakes in just a half-hour. A topping of crispy French fried onions makes it especially crave-worthy. If you don't have cream of chicken soup, any other cream soup will work instead.
Italian Sausage Tortellini Bake
Turn a package of frozen cheese tortellini into a real comfort food casserole with this recipe that uses a sauce made from flavorful Italian sausage. Recipe reviewer Renate says, "I did not simmer the sauce or pre-boil the tortellini and it was fantastic!!"